EFF leader Julius Malema criticised recently reinstated Eskom CEO Brian Molefe, accusing him of collapsing the only institution that provides electricity for the poor.
Addressing a crowd at the party’s Africa Day celebration in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, on Thursday, Malema said Molefe was misrepresenting blacks in Africa, leaving other countries thinking that black people could not be good leaders.
The ANC, along with Molefe, were not representing the interests of blacks in South Africa, but were instead stealing from them.
“We will never take our votes to a corrupt government who steal goods and display them in front of our poor people,” he said.
Malema further gave a definition of what black was, alleging Molefe was not a black man any more.
“What is black? Is Brian Molefe black? He is not.
“Black is not the colour of your skin, black is how you conduct yourself in your daily businesses. How do you steal money from a parastatal that must give electricity to poor people at an affordable rate?
“You steal money, you want to collapse that only institution that gives people electricity. Brian Molefe wants to collapse it through corruption.”
Malema further criticised those people, such as Black First Land First leader Andile Mgxitama (a former EFF MP), who had been defending Molefe alleging he was only being attacked because he was a “good black manager”.
“You say you’re fighting for blacks. Why are you fighting for Brian when he’s involved in a programme to undermine the black majority?”
Malema said he did not hate whites. In fact, Africans had embraced whites when they arrived in southern Africa, even though it was not their home. However, whites must behave like visitors and stop trying to lord it over Africans, Malema said.
He further told the gathering that his party had told Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba not to put white people in top positions.
“Otherwise we will remove Mashaba,” he said. The EFF allowed the DA to rise to power as a minority government in the city, though it is not in coalition with the DA. It instead merely voted with the DA without demanding any positions for its members.
“We’re not in the business of nursing whiteness. Those whites will rise against the DA because we remove them in municipalities.”