JOHANNESBURG: DA leader Mmusi Maimane says the EFF has a racist agenda in their bid to remove Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip.
Speaking to journalists during a visit to a voter registration centre on Kaalfontein, Maimane said the EFF intention to table a motion of no confidence against Trollip was racially driven.
“I think they want to take him out because he is white. The issue here is a racist agenda,” he said. Maimane, a close ally of Trollip, said that he would defend the mayor.
“Why? Why not [mayor of DA-led Johannesburg Herman] Mashaba, why not Solly [Msimanga – mayor of DA-led Tshwane]?
“Because the mayor of DA in PE is a white man. So, these people, when you want to hit them hard – go after a white man. They feel a terrible pain, because you have touched a white man.”
He said this did not mean that the EFF would not target Mashaba and Msimanga.
“They will be touched – don’t worry. But we are starting with this whiteness. We are cutting the throat of whiteness.”
Malema said that this was punishment to the DA for voting against its motion in Parliament which received overwhelming support from the ANC, to amend the Constitution and expropriate land without compensation.
“We need to take that away from them, to teach them a lesson to make them appreciate that we mean business when it comes to land,” Malema said.
Malema’s announcement was not taken lightly by the DA, with the party announcing that it would take the EFF (its partner at key municipalities and metros) to the Equality Court for what is saw as hate speech.