Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
30 Aug 2016
9:37 am

ANC diluting Pretoria High learners’ struggle – Malema

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

The EFF leader has criticised the ruling party's involvement in the 'genuine' struggle of learners who are fighting against racism.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader; Julius Malema. File photo: Gallo Images / Beeld / Cornel van Heerden

The Pretoria High School for Girls’ racism furore seems to have turned into a contest for political parties; everyone seems to know how they can solve it, while some have started pointing fingers at each other.

Though EFF leader Julius Malema has not claimed to know what the cause of the problem is, he took to Twitter on Monday to commend the protesting learners, also urging others to stop being a “coward” and speak against injustice.

Malema also slammed the ANC for going to the school to “dilute the genuine radical struggle by African girl child like they did with #FeesMustFall”.

This came after an ANC “mob” held a protest at the school and the Women’s League vowed to support the girls. Also circulating on Twitter was a picture of Wits SRC president and ANC supporter Nompendulo Mkhatshwa wearing an ANC doek and talking to Zulaika Patel, the learner at the forefront of the protests.

Though different political parties took part in the Fees Must Fall protests, Mkhatshwa was named the face of the protests, a move that upset many.

Malema’s comments come despite the University of Pretoria’s EFF Student Command also holding a protest at the school.

His followers, however, seemed to have disagreed with him, saying the ANC was in Tshwane to “confront that racist you voted for”, an accusation Malema denied, saying he did not vote in Pretoria.

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Malema further explained to his followers that it was his party’s agenda to fight to end white supremacy.

When asked why he “always” seemed to be against everything “that’s in good deeds”, Malema said there were no good deeds in the ANC.

Supporting Malema’s sentiments was Poet Ntsiki Mazwai, who thought the ANC was “milking” the situation, though she also reminded people that the EFF’s move to support the DA despite coalition talks supposedly failing gave the DA credibility.