A statement by the Democratic Alliance reveals that the party will be laying criminal charges against EFF at the South African Human Rights Commission for allegedly inciting violence on campuses.
This follows series of protests and violence that have erupted in some South African universities recently.
The DA MP and DA Student Organisation (Daso) leader, Yusuf Cassim, emphasized that the charges against EFF is based on the fact that they have been using “violent and racially divisive language” to communicate with students over the past week.
“The charge relates particularly to a post by an EFF Youth Command leader, Omphile Seleke, on Facebook, which detailed the steps to make a petrol bomb. This post was subsequently re-tweeted by the EFF Student Command at the University of Pretoria.
“Incendiary and inciting public statements such as this are a cause of great concern and should be viewed as a serious offence, especially after the events that unfolded last week at the University of Pretoria, University of the Free State and North West University’s Mafikeng Campus,” he said.
DA’s Cassim accused the EFF of “turning a blind eye” as the matter is yet to be handled by the party.
“This is not the first of such posts which has contained divisive and incendiary language. The DA will also be laying a complaint at the South African Human Rights Commission for the comments made by Mr Seleke,” Cassim said.
“Political parties, and their representatives, must not be allowed to incite violence, particularly when violence has already left a number of people injured, destroyed property and disrupted the academic year indefinitely for many young South Africans,” he added.
In a response to the statement and charges against EFF, the EFF Student Command spokesperson, Peter Keetse, said the DA “does not know what they are talking about”.
“Firstly, we do not have a youth command. We have a Student Command and the person they have identified is not our leader. He is not in the leadership of the student command. He is a normal member.”
As for the Facebook post about petrol bomb, Keetse said: “All I can say is that the white people do not understand there is a revolution of the youth again.
“Our country has too many differences economically. Black people are still living with families living on a few thousand if not less every month.
“People will stand up and fight. No person can control people fighting for economic freedom. Yes, we have freedom, but what about economic freedom?” he asked.
“The black man has been angry for 22 years. The white man are conniving with the modern ANC. They want to be self-proclaimed messiahs,” Peter Keetse said.
A lot of groups and individuals have accused the party of being responsible for recent violencse in the campuses but they have not laid formal charges against EFF.