The EFF’s tactics are not only at odds with the constitutional responsibility of a party in parliament, they also demonstrate the party’s own paucity of business literacy. It is using a sledgehammer to swat a fly, without care for Clicks staff.
All our responses to racism and other social ills should be anchored in the constitution’s call to establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. For a parliamentarian, there shouldn’t be any other option.
When he took the parliamentary oath of office, Malema would have said that he swears to "be faithful to the Republic of SA and obey, respect and uphold the constitution and all other law of the republic".
So, is the EFF unheard and disempowered, for it to want to betray the constitution and the people by choosing a tactic that hurts the poor most? Doesn’t this suggest we need to reimagine our democracy?
- Madonsela is the chair in social justice at Stellenbosch University and founder of the Thuma Foundation