Sport and Recreation Minister in the Cabinet of South Africa, Fikile Mbalula has lashed out at the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mmusi Maimane for condemning the racism in a criminal matter that saw two white men battering and forcing a black into a coffin.
Maimane, on Wednesday, posted a tweet condemning the racism in a criminal matter by Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson. He hit the nail on the head by attaching a mob justice picture to his tweet.
Maimane tweeted: Waiting for the two #coffincase people who act in despicable manner against the South Africa we ought to build. Racism must be destroyed.”
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) November 16, 2016
Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula reacted to this by condemning the party leader and asking him to go clean up the racial mess in his party.
“You kept an MP that praised P.W Botha in your DA caucus. Botha did far worse inhumane things. SusActela Ntate Mfundisi c’mon, Please,” said the sports minister.
You kept an MP that praised P.W Botha in your DA caucus. Botha did far worse inhumane things.
SusActela Ntate Mfundisi c’mon, Please ! https://t.co/o0TlFIcSq5
— RSA Min of Sport (@MbalulaFikile) November 16, 2016
Mbalula was referring to former DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard, who was expelled from the party for sharing a Facebook post by journalist Paul Kirk, who wrote: “Please come back PW Botha – you were far more honest than any of these [African National Congress] rogues, and you provided a far better service to the public.”
Mbalula thinks Maimane should not move around condemning racist acts in public when “Botha did far worse inhumane things”.
#coffinAlive case was captured on camera. How many such inhumane acts happen far from the glare of cameras. Very sad and painful,” he added.
As expected, Maimane’s supporters weren’t mum about the accusation. One of the supporters slammed the sports minister for having the audacity to speak out against what he thought was wrong in DA when he could not address issues in his own party.
“Better than not standing up against a president that’s currently destroying the nation,” one follower said. Others advised him to stick to sports, while some said he should have kept quiet, as the discussion was about “serious matters that affect the country and not one-night stands”.
EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, also reacted by retweeting Maimane, also spoke out against the assault and further slammed the Middelburg Magistrates’ Court for “wanting to hide the identity of the perpetrators” after they refused media coverage of the case.
Oosthuizen and Theo Martins Jackson allegedly assaulted at the JM De Beer Boerdery in a video that shocked the country.
In the video, two men can be seen assaulting a man who has been identified as Mlotshwa. One of the two men can be seen in the video forcing the seemingly terrified Mlotshwa into a brown coffin.