JOHANNESBURG -- The ANC Youth League has accused advocate Dali Mpofu of being a racist sympathiser.
ln a statement issued on Tuesday night, the youth league referred to the advocate as a hypocrite who thrives on port politics.
The statement was in reponse to news that the EFF's Mpofu would represent radio and television personality, Gareth Cliff, in his civil case against M-Net.
Cliff was dismissed by the channel after public outcry about his response to a tweet by real estate agent, Penny Sparrow, who referred to black people as monkeys. Twitter users lashed out at Cliff after he referred to Sparrow's sentiment as freedom of speech. He apologised a day later.
While Mpofu's decision to represent Cliff has been met with some criticism, his party, the EFF, has defended his stance.
On Tuesday, a party statement which labelled Cliff as racist, said the EFF would nonetheless not stop him from defending the case.
“Cliff recent defence of Sparrow's reference to blacks as monkeys and her despise of the black skin on the basis that it's freedom of speech is totally unacceptable. Defending Sparrow's racist and dehumanising statements against black people as a freedom of speech represents racist ignorance and supremacist attitude, which we are opposed to as the EFF, ” said the statement.
The ANCYL says Mpofu cannot be trusted. It has also criticised Mpofu's involvement in the Marikana Commission, saying it was never about his conscience but more about his pocket.
The league has embarked on a massive campaign against racism in the Western Cape this week.
This follows the 'Zuma Must Fall' billboard which was erected in the Cape Town CBD.
Mpofu responded to some of the criticism about his decision on Twitter.
VERY surprised U think I'll win!Sir,when U took your case to 3 WHITE lawyers YOU were calling BLACK lawyers monkeys! https://t.co/8pRhOaUxHv— Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) January 19, 2016
But according to you ALL white people are racists.So you CONSCIOUSLY chose to entrust your future to 3 racists??? https://t.co/EdR9WhRoIh— Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) January 19, 2016
He also denied a claim he was reconsidering his decision.
What a truck load...... https://t.co/vCjdcU8uqX— Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) January 18, 2016
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