17 January 2018

South Africa: EFF and H&M - History Has Taught Us That Violence Only Perpetuates Violence

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The EFF's inclination to resort to superficial remedies to the deeply entrenched issues facing our country is proof that it does not have the political maturity to advance democratic processes.

This past weekend we witnessed shocking displays of disruption and absolute contempt of law when protesters wearing EFF regalia vandalised H&M stores across South Africa in reaction to a racist advert involving a black child modelling a racially insensitive design.

It is of great concern as this level of lawlessness was endorsed by a political party which purports to want to govern, at the heart of which is upholding the rule of law.

The EFF's disruptive and sometimes violent forms of protests constitute a serious threat to the stability of our democracy.

It is true that racism is in itself violent and deserves a trashing, but incitement to violence is totally unacceptable and should be condemned with the same ferocity as we do whenever racism rears its ugly head.

South Africa is a democracy and we are fortunate to have laws and institutions which guide us in terms of dealing with discrimination. Instead of resorting to violence, the EFF should explore the appropriate mechanisms to deal with racism as per...

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