The Economic Freedom Fighters has condemned the killing of KwaZulu-Natal-born rugby player, Lindani Myeni. The 29-year-old was shot dead by police in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on Wednesday night.
Myeni’s death has caused uproar on social media and in South Africa at large, especially from people who knew, grew up with and were close to him.
EFF CONDEMNS KILLING OF LINDANI MYENI
In a statement released on Saturday, 17 April 2021, the party labelled Myeni’s killing as racist and senseless.
“The EFF is disgusted by the racist killing of South African rugby player Lindani Myeni. Lindani was shot, unarmed by the racist United States police on a senseless suspicion of robbery.”
The EFF has been vocal against racism and acts of human rights violations. In2020, the party embarked on a campaign to support the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States “on a basis of the spate of senseless and racist murders of black people in the United States”
The EFF described Myeni as a devoted Christian man who had no criminal record.
EFF CALLS FOR RAMAPHOSA TO HOLD USA ACCOUNTABLE
The party says it urges President Cyril Ramaphosa not to tip toe around Myeni’s issue in front of his masters, the USA authorities. “President Cyril Ramaphosa must demand justice and hold the USA accountable for this senseless killing of Lindani Myeni.
“We are also disgusted at the openly racist manner in which the United States is treating fellow Africans in that country. We stand with all progressive forces that are immersed in the fight against this racist country. It is clear that this recent election of Joe Biden which was touted to be the beginning of change in the USA. Clearly this is not so.”
Social media has been abuzz with #JusticeForLindaniMyeni flooding the timeline since Friday night.