The ANC chief whip has again lashed out at EFF’s chief whip Floyd Shivambu following his comments made by Shivambu about National Treasury Official Ishmail Momoniat.
ANC chief whip statement read “blatant racist and narrow nationalist stance of the EFF is perhaps the only positive element of the irrational tirade by Shivhambu. His rant raises significant questions about the level of some Members of Parliament’s comprehension of their responsibilities, to protect and defend the Constitution, particularly, the assertion that we build a non-racial, non-sexist and united Democratic South Africa.”
The statement has gone a step further than the one from the ANC Chief Whip, in which he said “borders on racism”.
The offensive comment was spoken by Shivambu at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance yesterday, Shivambu allegedly objected to Momoniat presenting before the committee on the basis of him being a “non-African”.
Last night, the ANC’s Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte also commented: “These comments are bordering on extreme racism, sow disunity and are an anathema to our agenda of forging a socially cohesive society.”
“I have known Comrade Momo Momoniat for over four decades and whilst I may differ sharply with some of his views on our economy’s developmental state, I could never stand aloof and allow him to be asked to leave a meeting because he is an Indian.”
Duarte said: “Comrade Momo is not and never will be racist and I say this without fear of contradiction, if anything, he is known to have been part of the underground struggle which afforded the Shivhambu’s of this world, the freedom to express their opinions albeit from a non-informed position. Momo is well known for showering every person with accolades or disdain in equal measure, irrespective of colour, class or creed.”