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Saleshando on Respect and Politics

Publishing Date : 10 November, 2014

Author : DUMELANG SALESHANDO


“Early this year after the elections in South Africa, I shared my views on EFF which at the time seemed to be everyone's darling. Like most commentators, I was impressed by their performance but was however doubtful about their future, a comment that led to some accusing me of disrespecting the youth.


The EFF has been ordered out of Parliament a few times, in my view, sometimes unfairly. However, I was shocked by what Shivambu did on 17 September when the EFF chose to march out of Parliament. As he walked out, he "showed the middle finger" to Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa. Simply put, this is a way of saying "F**K OFF" or you are an "A*S HOLE". I was totally shocked as I had considered Floyd one of the cool heads in the EFF.

He has served as the spokesperson of the ANC youth league, policy coordinator of the Chris Hani Institute and researcher and policy coordinator of the SACP. He holds an MA in political studies and is therefore not a political novice, hence my disappointment. At the time I said, I have been vindicated.


I have just read a news article that Floyd has since apologised for his actions unconditionally. The apology has been passed to the relevant committee of Parliament and I hope it will be accepted. Hopefully the youth who see the EFF as a model party have learnt something from the apology. There is nothing wrong in holding divergent political views, this has to be done in a respectful manner.

Those who get shocked when they see pictures of me sitting next to the likes of Kwelagobe in court smiling need not interpret this as selling out. Politics should never be interpreted through hate and insulting language.


Likewise, I will always respect Boko as leader of the UDC and a human being. I don’t hate him but just have different views on how our country needs to develop. I hope that our supporters will also learn to differ in a civil manner...”
 

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