White people are murderers, S. African ruling party caucus tweets, disowns it after outcry
The controversial tweet published by @ANCParliament account last Thursday read: “The biggest mistake we are making is to consult murderers. White people are 9% of the population, they own 79% of land. They never came and consulted us for the land. If they want us to forgive them now, then let us share the land, the mineral resources.”
The manner it was published seemed to portray the comment as the official position of the African National Congress faction in the country’s parliament. The Twitter account later said that it was not. Instead, it claimed that the statement had been a quote from a member of the public. The disclaimer did not go down well with some critics, who said it was at best an example of poor social media skills and at worst proof of the party’s anti-white bias.
Have you heard of quotation marks? I know they're a Western concept but they would have come in handy, I promise.— Daniël Eloff (@DJEloff) August 2, 2018
And spreading this vile hatred to your 22,000 followers is the right thing to do?— Nick Hedley (@nickhedley) August 2, 2018
But you kind of rubber stamped it by putting it verbatim on your timeline.— Ettienne (@E_111_M) August 2, 2018
Then why did you delete it?— Dan Parmenter (@danparmenter) August 2, 2018
The gaffe comes as the country is considering an amendment to the national constitution, which would allow the expropriation of land from owners with no compensation. Announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week, the legal change is likely to target the white minority, which has owned most of the country’s land since colonial times.
The ANC said that the tweets were meant to be quotes from members of the public, but this was not made clear. They presumably originate from public hearings held by the ANC to debate the proposed amendment.
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