EFF has called on all South Africans to boycott the Gupta-financed South African of the year award warning that it’s an attempt by the criminal syndicate of the Guptas to legitimise their criminal activities in the country.
The Fighters believe that the Guptas have no moral ground to host such an event celebrating achieved South Africans while “they’re stealing billions from the coffers of the country.”
As such, the party called on not just South Africans, but individuals from the entire African continent who have been nominated or are participating in the event to withdraw their participation with immediate effect.
In their statement, EFF said;
“We encourage artists to boycott this event in the interest of their own country. The event is ANN7 funded and ANN7 is run by the criminal Gupta family. This family is actively stealing billions from the country transferring it back to their place of birth India. This is money that could fund education and the Arts in general. They are also in the battle to capture the National Treasury which we know they will steal from as they have done in everything they’ve been involved in.”
The party further argued that participating in the event wouldn’t just “legitimise a criminal entity” but is also being an accomplice to the Gupta family criminal activities.
“We fully support the default notion that artists must be supported and be allowed to participate in all facets of society. However, in the example and spirit of conscientious artists who came before us, a line must be drawn at which artists must become activists who contribute positively to their country. ANN7 is money-laundering scheme cooked up by a criminal syndicate who care only about themselves.
“We call on Bonang Matheba, Somizi Mhlongo, Robert Marawa, Big Nuz and many others to show leadership in a time when the arts and culture space is lacking it and symbolically withdraw their participation from this criminal event. Besides, ANN7 is not even a credible TV Station. Attaching their brand to the likes of Bonang and others boosts their image, but it does the opposite for our well–respected and hard working artists.
“The Guptas have no moral ground to tell us who the South African of the Year is when they have clearly shown the disrespect and disdain they have for this our beloved country,” added the EFF.
The party informed the artists that South Africa is looking up to them for leadership in the matter.