Rapport editor Waldimar Pelser on Twitter called for the EFF to be treated the way “all racial nationalists and racists” should be treated, “namely with contempt”. Author Max du Preez called it “reprehensible”.

Following the comments by EFF deputy president and chief whip Floyd Shivambu who objected to the presence of a man, a distinguished struggle veteran no less, in parliament on Tuesday simply on the basis of his race, he and his party have faced an avalanche of criticism.

Shivambu objected to “non-African” Ismail Momoniat’s “repeated presence” in meetings. Deputy director-general Momoniat is a Treasury representative, and Shivambu took issue with why Momoniat attended all finance committee meetings instead of his African counterpart Dondo Mogajane.

Shivambu reportedly said: “I think he undermines Africans. He does not take the director-general, the finance minister or the deputy finance minister seriously. He thinks he is superior to them. He takes all the decisions and he is always here in Parliament as if he is National Treasury alone. He is supposed to focus on what he is assigned to.”

The finance committee chairman, Yunus Carrim, was outraged, calling Shivambu to order and telling Shivambu that Momoniat was a struggle veteran who had been active in the underground struggle against apartheid. He pointed out to Shivambu that his logic implied that former Bophuthatswana leader Lucas Mangope should be seen as more important than Indian struggle hero Ahmed Kathrada, purely for reasons of race, which he would not do.

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Rapport editor Waldimar Pelser on Twitter called for the EFF to be treated the way “all racial nationalists and racists” should be treated, “namely with contempt”. Author Max du Preez called it “reprehensible”. Following the comments by EFF deputy president and chief whip Floyd Shivambu who objected to the presence...