A recent social media spat, a South African resident ignited a debate by targeting members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, discouraging their support for rugby, often referred to as the white game. The tweet pointed out the inconsistency between this stance and the fact that the person’s own children attend a predominantly white school.
The tweet, which called on EFF leader Julius Malema to be straightforward, raised questions about the party’s stance on racial matters, particularly in the realm of sports. It suggested a perceived contradiction in endorsing a sport associated with white culture while sending their children to a mostly white school.
In response to the tweet, Julius Malema offered a sharp retort, saying, Let your father handle that if you have one; I don’t father fools, so stop calling me Dad. Malema’s response was characterized by its bluntness and showcased his unwillingness to engage with the perceived inconsistency. He dismissed the tweet as unfair and criticized the individual for making unwarranted personal assumptions.
This exchange on social media underscores the complex and sensitive nature of discussions about race, identity, and political ideologies in South Africa. The EFF has often been at the forefront of discussions on racial and economic reform in the country, and this incident highlights the ongoing challenges and divisions surrounding these issues.
As South Africa grapples with issues related to race, identity, and political ideologies, social media remains a platform for public discourse, offering a space for individuals to express their views and question the positions of political leaders on various matters. This exchange serves as an indicator of the diverse perspectives and concerns that exist within the nation’s dynamic social and political landscape.
Let your father do that if you have one; I don’t give birth to idiots, so stop calling me Papa.
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) October 17, 2023