DA lays criminal charges against EFF’s Ndlozi for incitement to arson
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Durban - The Democratic Alliance has laid criminal charges against Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi over a song he sang during Senekal demonstrations.
According to the DA's Natasha Mazzone, the party's Chief Whip, the words of the song directly translate to “call the fire brigade, burn these Boers”.
Calling the utterances "incredibly hateful", Mazzone said it was a call to incite arson, violence and anarchy by Ndlozi and his members.
"Not only are they indicative of his vile disregard for the safety of rural communities and their lives, it is also indicative of him and his party’s complete disregard for democracy, the rule of law and private property rights. Thousands of hectares of land have been on fire and destroyed in the Free State, and while the cause of these fires are still unknown, we do know that a politician sang songs calling 'the fire brigade' to 'burn these Boers' and that this was followed by large scale destruction," she said.
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Mazzone said the party has also laid an ethics complaint with Parliament’s Ethics Committee.
"We have also referred his utterances to the South African Human Rights Commission to investigate the words within these songs and declare them as hate speech," she said.
She said it was time that Parliament, Chapter 9 institutions and law enforcement agencies show their teeth and take actions against the hooliganism and violence demonstrated by the EFF.
"These institutions should be at the forefront of investigating and protecting our democracy, they simply cannot cower in the shadows," she said.