Cape Town – The Democratic Alliance (DA) has been criticized on social media for comparing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFFs) with Nazi brown shirts after the party’s clash with Brackenfell residents.
In a statement Monday night, the party condemned the clash, which it described as “EFF’s continuing threatening attempts to bend society at will by intervening where it has nothing to do.”
“Following the burning and liquidation of businesses for what they consider offensive advertising, and an effort to tell CEOs how to run their business, the EFF now thinks it has the right to control how citizens manage private functions.”
The EFF, which also protested at the school on Friday, demanded the dismissal of two teachers and a principal after teachers took part in a private math function, which was reportedly attended only by white students and their parents.
Although the school distanced itself from the event, the EFF claims that it must accept some responsibility for the participation of teachers.
The party promised that after Monday’s violent clash with the population, it would descend to Brackenfell “whole and ensure that nothing worked”.
However, the DA avoided the claim that private events had “absolutely nothing to do with any political party.”
“Violent clashes will do nothing to advance the rational analysis that is needed in South Africa today than ever before.”
“If we are to prevent people from taking the law into their own hands, the police must do their job properly.” The task of the SAPS was to prevent and disperse the EFF, which gathered illegally outside school and sought to violate the rights of private citizens.
“The Nazis wore brown shirts that bypassed terrorist minorities.” South Africa has red shirts, “said the party.
It was this last sentence of the DA’s statement that caused great frustration on Twitter, especially when the party made remarks on the anniversary of Crystal Night.
Crystal Night, or Night of Broken Glass, when brown shirts brutally attacked the Jewish people and Jewish shops, buildings, and synagogues.
Twitter users quickly informed the party that it had gone too far in comparing the political party to the Sturmabteilung, also called the brown shirt, and that it was also a Nazi party militia that helped Adolf Hitler.
Interesting that you raised the Nazis, let me leave it here pic.twitter.com/Fsdnw4m1YE
– Shecallmebxngi (@shecallmebxngi) November 9, 2020
No less for the anniversary of Crystal Night. The cheaper memory of the Nazi persecution by South Africa’s main opposition party shows how far it has come into the political wilderness. https://t.co/6YiCuvHANP
– Joseph Cotterill (@jsphctrl) November 9, 2020
Delete it. Delete your account. Delete your party.
Scenes in quotes and comments. Yeah. https://t.co/9O2eY0gKAJ
– MBChBored (@Laylah_Fay) November 9, 2020
That’s why I always say that SA is literally hell for blacks
Like the official opposition party, it compares black nonviolent protesters with literal Nazis
This is hell from https://t.co/6E0UJeAQN6
– iMi #ENDSARS (@RipeAir) November 9, 2020
This shows the moral nature @ Naše_DA and of course those that support this tweet. Anniversary of Kristallnacht. What a lack of integrity. How incredibly disturbing. Please explain @AJBD, @jsteenhuisen @helenzille @ Naše_DA https://t.co/XDaAyySyoq
– Mac, but you can call me goodcat (@Chaitmac) November 9, 2020
To mark the 82nd anniversary of Crystal Night today, I invoke Godwin’s DA Act, home to bad political analogies. https://t.co/JBWM682Gwu
– Lester Kiewit (@lesterkk) November 9, 2020
What a sick comparison https://t.co/G54nQaD2m1
– EndSARS?? (@mamo_mkh) November 9, 2020
We all know that DA is racist, but how real it is. https://t.co/G7pAfvNsMz
– Imo (@yung_eeemz) November 9, 2020
WTF !? @ Naše_DA show their true colors! Shocked in depth! https://t.co/lkoOsPopmM
– Joe Phaahla?? (@Kgoshi_Moloto) November 9, 2020
Oh my god. What is https://t.co/64ysCL0RZd
– Sibongile Mafu (@sboshmafu) November 9, 2020