Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina wants white people in the country and the Save SA campaign group to stop promoting division in the country.
In an apparent reference to the national shutdown protests held across the country last Friday, the mayor said any individual or group of individuals that wish to stand in the way of unity in South Africa will be crushed by the ruling party.
He said white South Africans must learn to behave themselves in the country, desist from showing the middle finger and equally live peacefully with other citizens.
“I want to say to our white counterparts in South Africa, they must be very very careful. [They need to] understand that the issue of nation building and social cohesion requires all of us, not these insults that you get from social media and you get called everything else…that time has come to an end.
“…our children and your children, they don’t see what you are seeing in us, we are not monkeys, we are people,” he said.
Mayor Mzwandile Masina, who was a keynote speaker at the Chris Hani memorial lecture at the Boksburg Civic Centre, held on Monday evening, added that things might be very ‘rough’ for white people and Save SA if they continue to cause chaos in the country.
South Africa’s new finance minister Malusi Gigaba also used the occasion to touch on the infighting plaguing the ruling party. He encouraged the leadership of the ANC to tackle division among its structures before it gets too late.
Gigaba also called on the government to ensure most South Africans have access to the country’s economy, black people, women and the youth.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) has referred the mayor Masina to the Ekurhuleni Ethics and Integrity Committee, for his comments against white people and Save SA.
On Tuesday, DA leader in Ekurhuleni, Ghaleb Cachalia, described Masina’s ‘war talk’ as threats directed at the growing mass action against President Zuma for his recent cabinet reshuffle.
He explained that the threats violate the law and the constitution which guarantees the rights to peaceful protest, adding that he has requested the committee to investigate and impose sanctions on the mayor.
Mayor Mzwandile Masina was elected as executive mayor of Ekurhuleni metro, after beating his DA rival Ghaleb Cachalia by more than 10 votes.
The ANC managed to hang onto the metro – the only one not under DA control in Gauteng – after striking a coalition pact with the AIC and PAC. The Tshwane and Joburg metros fell under the DA following the hotly-contested August 3 municipal elections.
On Monday, President Jacob Zuma condemned the marches that took place last week, saying they demonstrate that racism is real and exists in South Africa.
“It is clear that racists have become more emboldened … the marches that took place last week demonstrate that racism is real and exists in our country. Many posters displayed beliefs we thought we buried in 1994,” Zuma said.
The marches, organized by the Save SA campaign group were densely populated by white people living in the country. Posters displayed during the marches portrayed black people as monkeys.
However, President Zuma was fast enough to condemn the organizers during Hani’s wreath-laying ceremony on Monday.
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