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Citizen Reporter
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27 Mar 2017
12:15 pm

BLF is a ‘curry-first’ movement, says Julius Malema

Citizen Reporter

The EFF leader responded to the party's Twitter hashtag, #EFFSoldOut.

EFF leader Julius Malema is pictured addressing a press briefing at the party’s head office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg 14 February 2017. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has come out to lambaste the Black First Land First (BLF) on Sunday.

This after the BLF started a Twitter hashtag, #EFFSoldOut, in which it insinuated the EFF sold out when they voted for the “pro-white and racist” DA during the 2016 local government elections. This controversial move by the EFF saw the DA take over Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay metros.

The BLF also said “it was also in London that the EFF for the first time criticised the president of Zimbabwe, [Robert Mugabe], and denounced the land revolution”, adding the “EFF has also denounced radical land reform as well as Mugabe, who is the only person who has been able to return land to blacks”.

The BLF has always been of the view that the EFF changed its “revolutionary” ways after their 2015 visit to London, where they had a meeting with Lord Robin Renwick.

The EFF leader responded by calling BLF a “curry-first” movement, implying the BLF is funded by the controversial Gupta family to delegitimise the EFF.

Deputy president of the EFF Floyd Shivambu said: “I think this is the ingredient that makes staff riders that that fell off the mighty EFF to tweet . We will never sell out.”

This comes a week after former EFF treasury-general Magdalene Moonsamy accused the EFF of selling out by voting for the DA during an interview with Jacaranda FM.

Moonsamy further labelled Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s controversial comments against foreign nationals “deliberate crucifixion of what the unification of African people is all about”.

“How do you engage the entire mass base and convince them … convince them that this is our decision … let’s own it? What has it yielded? In Tshwane right now there’s crisis. In Johannesburg there’s crisis.

“What has voting with the DA yielded for the black people of Tshwane or Johannesburg? I just want someone to give me a simple answer. There’s chaos. The mayor of Johannesburg says that people are criminals. [He] refers to immigrants  which, in the main, we know that they come from the continent, as criminals. And this is … it’s a dire attack … it’s a deliberate crucifixion of what the unification of African people is all about,” said Moonsamy.