The party says it’s ‘looking into the matter’, while Malema has reportedly already distanced himself from the EFF member concerned.
— Thulasizwe Simelane (@ThulasSims) July 28, 2016
National spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party was looking into a matter that allegedly involves one of its members.
A screenshot bearing what appears to be the name of EFF member Thabo Mabotja is making the rounds on social media. In the screenshot are the words “All white people must be hacked and killed”. Mabotja could not be immediately reached for comment regarding the matter. The Independent Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) was also reportedly trying to contact him to summon him for an official investigation, but could also not locate him on Thursday.
Ndlozi said the party was aware of the incident, but they were still looking into the factuality of the matter.
“Well, as you would know, we are going to familiarise ourselves with the facts of the case.”
If the IEC can positively linkhim to the post, he will be expected to answer for it in the Electoral Court.
According to eNCA reporter Thulasizwe Simelane, EFF leader Julius Malema has distanced himself and the party from Mabotja’s comments, saying “he’s on his own”.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane also weighed in on the matter, saying it was not the job of the IEC to investigate the matter.
“Surely it’s not just the job of the IEC – why does the party associate itself with these statements?” said Maimane.
“Look out for the #EFF‘s Julius Malema’s response to #ThaboMabotja‘s alleged FB racism. @XoliMngambi spoke to him. Basically ‘he’s on his own’,” Simelane tweeted.