The EFF called upon the people of Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa to forgive South Africa and its people for the misdemeanours and criminality of a few, misled by the lack of uBuntu, to hate Africans in Africa.
On Monday the EFF joined the people of Africa and the world in celebrating the 42nd anniversary of the independence of Zimbabwe from British colonialism.
The party said Cecil Rhodes's 1889 expedition of Africa is characterized by genocide against African people, land grabs and subjugation of Africans to wars of land dispossession and resistance. “The white colonialists were so shameless and disrespectful that they renamed African land after themselves.
The atrocities of Cecil Rhodes are imprintable, but still the government of South Africa finds no offence in keeping this brutal colonialist’ name in a South African institute of higher learning, the so called Rhodes University,” said EFF national spokesperson Sinawo Thambo
He further said “Statues of brutal white settlers and amongst them Cecil Rhodes are still at public spaces of South Africa, at the behest of the ruling party and its enablers, white monopoly capital”.
Thambo said this independence anniversary comes at a time of heightened Afrophobia that resulted on a violent and merciless killing of a gardener, Elvis Nyathi, from Duepsloot who was accused of stealing jobs.
Thambo said the recalls with deep sense of shock the death of Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave who was beaten, stabbed and set alight in an informal settlement in 2015, for selling sweets in a street that deemed such as stealing of jobs and opportunities for South Africans.
Thambo said to date no one has been arrested for this gruesome act of inhumanity.
He said criminality knows no nationality, in fact, the real criminality is at the door steps of white settlers who invaded and grabbed land and mineral resources for themselves at the exclusion of Africans.
“Afrophobic violence in the democratic South African timeline spans from 1994 and reached its peak in 2008, when 62 Africans from other parts of Africa including South reached its peak in 2008, when 62 Africans from other parts of Africa including South Africans were massacred by South Africans.
“The level of self-hate and inhumanity of senseless killing of other Africans by Africans must be condemned in its entirety and unequivocally, with the contempt it deserves.