We are not Nazis - EFF

Cape Town - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are not Nazis and are not inspired by Adolf Hitler, the party said in a statement on Wednesday.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi described comments in this regard by ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe as "sick observations".

"Every day, Mantashe manufactures derogatory labels and tries to stick them to the EFF and he is continuously failing because the EFF is growing stronger and stronger," Ndlozi said.

On Tuesday, Mantashe said that in the same way Hitler had used brown shirts to mobilise support, the EFF was using red overalls.

"Nazis didn't start by killing Jews," Mantashe told reporters in Johannesburg following the ANC's national working committee meeting.

"They started by making many promises... developed a uniform of brown shirts, mobilised society, [and] when it was in power only then did it kill Jews and put them in concentration camps."

EFF members elected to public office wear red overalls and domestic worker attire in legislatures across the country, to show solidarity with the workers they represent.

This resulted in clashes between the party and the Gauteng legislature earlier this month after they were told the overalls bearing the word "Asijiki" (we will not retreat) on the back were inappropriate for the legislature.

Mantashe said the comparison was fair, based on a political analysis of Julius Malema's EFF.

The party rejected his statements.

"How on earth can a committee of people who are supposed to lead South Africa come to a characterisation that the EFF is a Nazi-inspired organisation and movement?" Ndlozi asked.

"The EFF has nothing to do with Nazis and is not inspired by Hitler."

The EFF was radical, leftist, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist.

"Now, any political leader who uses proper ideological tools of analysis and guide to action will know and understand that a movement that draws inspiration from the broad Marxist-Leninist and Fanonian schools of thought cannot be associated with Hitler and Nazis," said Ndlozi.

"To be Nazi is to massacre workers when they go on strike to demand a living wage."


RabbleRouser 2014-07-30 05:06:05 PM
The EFF certainly behave like Nazi's. This is exactly how Hitler started out in the 1920's.
RabbleRouser 2014-07-30 05:07:04 PM
Gwede Mantashe's observations of the EFF are spot on.
Nzwandile Gadlela Zwaizo 2014-07-30 05:11:08 PM
Because you exposed them that they sleep together capitalist now they call you nazi #Asijiki#
Tina Butler 2014-07-30 05:11:09 PM
That's kind of the pot calling the kettle black.
Desmond Smith 2014-07-30 05:14:19 PM
Gwede You can have a Bells on that one
Boitumelo Monareng 2014-07-30 05:16:26 PM
news 24 obsessed with cic!!
Musa N Thabethe 2014-07-30 05:16:30 PM
There's an abnomality in eff
Debrah Ellen 2014-07-30 05:18:58 PM
sorry eff u cant compare yourself with the nazis
G man 2014-07-30 05:19:07 PM
I don't think Mantashe was saying you're inspired by Nazis. I think he was drawing a comparison insofar as fascism is concerned. In that case, he was spot on. The EFF, being anti white, displays distinct fascist tendencies. It really is quite simple. And undeniable.
Chappie Abrams 2014-07-30 05:21:16 PM
They are Nazis .....and racist like Nazis .