Dali Mpofu is representing miners involved in last year's Marikana shooting. , is in a stable condition after being attacked in East London.
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&39;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&39;s sentiment as freedom of speech. He apologised a day later.
While Mpofu&39;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&39;s reference to blacks as monkeys and her despise of the black skin on the basis that it&39;s freedom of speech is totally unacceptable. Defending Sparrow&39;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&39;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 &39;Zuma Must Fall&39; 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&39;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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