EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been criticised after his comments on former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
On Saturday, while many around the nation and abroad commemorated the 102nd anniversary of Mandela’s birth, Ndlozi questioned his legacy in a series of posts on Twitter.
July 18 marks Mandela Day, when many around the world dedicate 67 minutes of their day to initiatives which benefit those who are less fortunate. The day was officially declared by the UN in November 2009.
Questioning one of Mandela’s quotes, Ndlozi asked what the former president meant by it.
“Mandela once said he fought against ‘black domination’ … Can those with rigorous minds help me process this?” he asked. “Where in the world or history have people been dominated by ‘blacks’? Where has this blackness represented domination, superiority, and privilege? What did Mandela mean?” Ndlozi asked.
His comments against Mandela continued, as he claimed that Mandela was no longer a “useful” figure when it came to confronting social inequality in SA. Ndlozi said Mandela’s name was used each year to neutralise black people into a false unity.
“Mandela is no longer a useful figure to confront injustices of racial violence, exploitation and marginalisation. His name is used each year to neutralise black people into a false racial unity, peace and reconciliation. Mandela himself allowed this when he was alive,” he said.
Many flooded his timeline, slamming Ndlozi for his comments, saying he should respect his elders and not “politicise everything”.
By Unathi Nkanjeni – TimesLIVE