Fake Open Letter About Premier Zille: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has condemned a disturbing “EFF Open Letter To Mmusi Maimane” making the rounds on the social media and WhatsApp groups.
The fighters announced on twitter on Thursday morning that the said letter was not issued by the EFF, describing it as fake.
Please note that the "EFF OPEN LETTER TO MMUSI MAIMANE" making rounds on Social Media & WhatsApp Groups is FAKE!
— EFF Official Account (@EFFSouthAfrica) March 23, 2017
As gathered, the letter, released late on Wednesday, reportedly called on the DA to recall Western Cape premier Helen Zille over her colonialism tweet saga.
In an interview with news channel eNCA, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi denied that the EFF wrote the letter, warning people not to fall for the fake news.
He said: “People of South Africa need to know that we live in an age of fake news and if something doesn’t come from an authentic email of the EFF or the authenticated social media accounts … then it doesn’t come from the EFF. Anybody can use our names and our contact details, and release anything.”
Ironically, the content of the letter reflected EFF’s earlier call for Zille to be removed. Last week, the Malema-led party told the DA to dismiss the Western Cape premier for her racist tweet about colonialism.
Ndlozi emphasized that the party had expressed the same sentiment but has not written an open letter about it.
Last week, Zille was in the news – again – after tweeting that the legacy of colonialism was not only negative. The big-mouthed politician later apologized, denying the tweets were in defence of colonialism.
Her tweets were later referred to the Federal Legal Commission by DA leader Mmusi Maimane, as they may have violated the party’s social media policy for the public representatives.
Meanwhile, Zille will meet the chairperson of the party’s federal legal commission (FLC), which deals with disciplinary matters, Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach on Saturday.
DA Federal Caucus Chairperson James Selfe buttressed that the aim of the meeting is to find out whether or not disciplinary proceedings should be started against Zille.
FLC chairwoman Glynnis Breytenbach said: “When the investigation is done we will send a report to the federal executive. They will take a decision on whether or not she should be charged.
“If they decide she should be charged, they will send it back to the federal commission [to decide on a sanction].”
Zille’s tweets have put Maimane in a very tight corner and he faces the challenge of sanctioning the premier, who was a key ally in his rise to power.