Faizel Patel, Radio Islam News – 08-06-2018
The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has condemned the racist, politically reckless and highly inflammatory comments made by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) parliamentary Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu, targeting Treasury Deputy Director-General, Ismail Momoniat.
Shivambu on Tuesday in a parliamentary Finance Committee meeting reportedly objected to the deputy director-general’s presence at a finance committee meeting because he was “un-African”, a view which the EFF has since endorsed.
In a statement, the Kathrada Foundations Neeshan Balton says it’s is extremely disturbing that not being an African is singled out as an issue by Shivambu and his party.
“Is Shivambu and the EFF in effect saying that Momoniat’s citizenship is of less value simply because he is not African? Shivambu’s comments leave South Africans believing that there is a concerted effort by the EFF to malign Momoniat personally to deflect National Treasury from taking a tough stance against institutions such as the VBS Bank.”
Meanwhile Momoniat says he doesn’t want to comment on the spat that’s erupted over comments by Shivambu and that he’s committed to a democratic, non-racial South Africa.
The Treasury says it stands by its position that Shivambu’s comments made at a committee meeting earlier this week were out of line.