Freedom Front Plus (or FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald made sure his new-found prominence in Parliament didn’t go unnoticed on Tuesday, when the political stalwart delivered his reply to the president’s SONA address. He ranted about everything from farm murders, to trade unions and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE)
Groenewald joins a long list of opposition MPs who were less than impressed by the way Cyril Ramaphosa conducted his business last Thursday. He too was put off by the “dreamer” within the leader, and instead wanted to highlight a few “home truths”.
FF+ rant against “enslaving” white people
He began by tackling the thorny subject of unemployment. He blamed “affirmative action” for excluding young white workers from the jobs market, and even warned the president against “enslaving” this particular group – his language caused a few murmurs of discontent in the gallery:
“You are discriminating against the white people of South Africa – white people can’t even participate in the Youth Employment Scheme (YES). Even Ace Magashule keeps blaming white monopoly capital for our lack of economic growth.”
“With great respect, that’s a kick in the teeth for those people who really want to build SA Do you want to enslave the young white people of South Africa? Because if you do, that’s completely wrong.”
BEE, trade unions and farm murders targeted by Pieter Groenwald
His divisive comments soon rolled over into an attack on BEE, which Groenewald believes only serves to benefit “a few privileged black people amongst the elite”. He also had some choice words for trade unions, slamming them for having “too much power” and dictating to the president about the actions he can – and cannot – take.
But the hallmark of the FF+ is their campaign against the threat of farm murders. The latest crime stats show there were 62 farmers killed in hundreds of attacks during the 2017/18 financial year. Pieter Groenewald pleaded with Ramaphosa to take the problem seriously, even issuing him a challenge in the process:
“Farm murders are nothing but torture. Yet you publicly refuse to condemn farm murders. Why won’t you condemn them? I appeal to you: I will invite you to the funeral of farm murder, and in turn, I will come to a funeral of your choice.”
Watch FF+ leader Pieter Groenewald discuss farm murders in Parliament