The Economic Freedom Fighter(EFF) says it will not attend the meeting with other political parties and president Ramaphosa. The opposition party alleges that the president is acting on a script drafted by the Democratic Alliance (DA) and whites. The EFF calls on President Ramaphosa to deploy soldiers in KZN with immediate effect.
Following a call from the DA, President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the deployment of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in KZN and Gauteng to quell the ongoing riots. The country has been debating the deployment of soldiers from the onset when other civilians also suggested the deployment of the military on social media before it unfolded. On Wednesday 25 000 soldiers were deployed to KZN as the province continued to witness torched infrastructure and lootings.
On Monday the DA also called for an urgent meeting with all party leaders among other things. The EFF said that the head of state religiously listens to the DA unapologetically. The party also accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of treating opposition parties like children while he continues with while people’s agenda. “The EFF is not going to attend useless meetings and rubber-stamp nonsense to solve ANC factional squabbles. Ramaphosa must deal with ANC factional battles and address his party members to stop burning the country, kill people and destroy livelihoods. Ramaphosa must stop calling factional squabbles “ethnic mobilization” address members of the party he leads to stop wreaking havoc,” said the EFF.
The EFF’s response to the deployment of soldiers landed Julius Malema in hot waters. On Tuesday the DA laid incitement to violence charges against him, Edward Zuma, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, and Duduzane Zuma. Many South Africans didn’t like Juju’s careless utterances as they believed they were adding petrol to the fire and inciting violence. Twitter suspended his account for 24 hours after he tweeted “No soldiers on our streets! Otherwise, we are joining. All fighters must be ready…they won’t kill us all. We need a political solution to a political problem, not soldiers.”
On Wednesday the party explained that they are against the deployment of soldiers and are in no way trying to destroy the livelihood of citizens. The EFF asked the president to fix the mayhem and chaos caused by the ANC because of internal instability. “We do not agree with the people who are looting and destroying livelihoods, livelihoods of black people. However, we also do not believe that they deserve to be shot at by soldiers when there can be a political solution to the chaos facing communities. Ramaphosa must go and address communities and lower structures of his party instead of organizing useless meetings. We call on Ramaphosa to withdraw the soldiers from our street with immediate effect, stop the war he has declared on the civilians, and find a political solution to a political problem,” said the EFF.