Cape Town – The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national chairperson, Veronica Mente, has accused the South African government of cowardice in the face of the conflict and demanded the closure of the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria.
The EFF members marched in solidarity with the people of Palestine on Monday.
The EFF Leadership led by CIC @Julius_S_Malema leading the EFF Picket to the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria in, solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Free Palestine Now! #EFFStandsWithPalestine #FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/i3WE0meuoc
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) October 23, 2023
“Not enough is being done. For instance, in South Africa, our state and our government has taken a non-alignment kind of stance. What kind of a measure is that if ever you are to intervene in a cruel humanitarian crisis. We are not only here to tell the Israeli Embassy to leave our shores, we are also sending a message to our government that stop being a coward.
“Stop this cowardice stance of non-alignment because people are being killed on a daily basis. They don’t have to be your friend, you don’t have to have a political relationship or anything, the fact that there is a human rights crisis, it means that it can come to us as well,” said Mente during an interview with SABC News.
The EFF said the protest aimed to underscore its support for the people of Palestine during the ongoing conflict with Israel.
On Friday, numerous African National Congress (ANC) followers staged a comparable demonstration outside the Israeli embassy.
The conflict began after a surprise attack by Hamas on Israel, leading to casualties on both sides.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu