Precision in language serves as a crucial aspect in politics, it has this ability to push agendas forward and helps achieve the much-desired results.
It is very clear that the Economic Freedom Fighters understands this concept and has so far displayed that they have an inherent ability to see things as they come and be able to assert their stance clearly.
This, however, is not the same for the African National Congress who are reluctantly playing the role of an ‘uncle Tom’ who succeeds in pleasing none in a bid to please everyone.
For instance, ANC’s retraction of their support for De Klerk comes as an afterthought which was a result of a public outcry.
During the proceedings of this years’ SONA, EFF leader Julius Malema called for De Klerk to be thrown out of SONA for being an unrepentant apologist of apartheid. Such a defiant stance makes EFF relevant.
Unlike ANC whose stance concerning De Klerk is still questionable. It could perhaps be interpreted to mean ANC is trying really hard to legitimize and persuade the populace to forget completely about De Klerk’s role in Apartheid as a means of reconciliation, but what is reconciliation without a sincere apology?
The crime of apartheid is defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity. The UN General Assembly in 1966 declared apartheid a crime against humanity.
Convention on Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid was adopted in 1973. UNSC resolution 566 (1984) also endorsed the determination of apartheid as a crime against humanity.
What has been infuriating the EFF was De Klerk’s rebuttal of overwhelming evidence pointing that apartheid was a crime against humanity.
De Klerk’s recent apology lacks sincerity, hence the EFF rejected it citing that in order for reconciliation to be achieved, the perpetrators of unspeakable crimes against black people in South Africa like De Klerk must face the might of the law.
Advocate Thembeka Ngcukaitobi had also spoken strongly against De Klerk’s unrepentant remarks concerning apartheid and stipulated that it questions the humanity of those who make such arguments.
Conclusively, it is befitting to assert that EFF’s influence in South African politics should perhaps never be underrated for they are continuously articulating what they stand for with so much precision.
*NB: This is an opinion article. The views on ‘Voices’ articles are views of writers, and not necessarily that of the publication.
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