Julius Malema, the leader of the EFF, has condemned racist events that have provoked outrage at schools around the country.
The EFF held a remembrance gathering on Youth Day yesterday at Horskool Uitsig in Centurion, Tshwane. After a student was allegedly manhandled for wearing an EFF hat to school, the school infuriated the party.
The event outside the school, according to Malema, was staged to send a message that the party will not accept racism in schools.
He also mentioned recent instances in Mpumalanga, in which black and white parents fought outside a Witbank school following an alleged racism incident.
Another incident occurred in the Western Cape, in which a white teacher allegedly told kids that black children lacked role models and that their parents were incarcerated.
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These incidents, according to Malema, have no place in the country.
“We are coming very peacefully and if you repeat that, you have yourself to blame. If this young man did not have the right to be in the school then you tell him to leave, you do not manhandle him.
“It cannot be correct where you host a matric dance and you exclude black children that black kids are told they have no role models because their parents are in prison,” Malema said.
The EFF leader also decried Youth Day as being “celebrated” instead of “commemorated”. He said the day should be remembered as a day of struggle. He also decried youth unemployment and the abuse of alcohol and drugs.
The EFF hosted its rally outside the school with a few hundred people in attendance. This was despite President Cyril Rampahosa on Tuesday announcing restrictions on gatherings to 100 outdoors and 50 people indoors.
Malema said Ramaphosa had handled the pandemic poorly. The EFF has been calling for schools to be closed until Covid-19 cases were under control. Malema reiterated this, saying that if anyone dies from the virus now, it should be blamed on Ramaphosa.
“Every coronavirus death must be blamed on Cyril Ramaphosa. All those deaths must be put on the doorstep of Ramaphosa,” Malema said.
He repeated his party’s stance that the government should be diversifying its vaccine procurement. The EFF wants the addition of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine and the Chinese manufactured Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines.
The SA Health Products Regulator had said it was still reviewing the approval of the Sputnik vaccine. Malema believes delays in approving the vaccine were political.