Pop star Kelly Khumalo took to the stage at an EFF rally in Chatsworth, KwaZulu-Natal, but was forced to leave after performing just two songs, amid chants of “Senzo” from the crowd, one member of which held up a banner demanding “Justice for Senzo Meyiwa”.
The Jehovah hitmaker was late Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa’s girlfriend when he died at her home in Vosloorus in 2014.
Khumalo has said she did everything she possibly could to save the life of her late boyfriend, and that she and her family were victims of a robbery that night, with her sister corroborating her story and saying her family cooperated with the police.
Despite this, Khumalo has been on the wrong side of Meyiwa’s fans and family. She has been accused of withholding information that could lead to the apprehension of Meyiwa’s killers because she was at the scene of the incident. She has been cyber-bullied as a result.
Popular but controversial Twitter parody account @AdvBarryRoux, who tweets anonymously and whose unknown author is a vocal EFF supporter, has been instrumental in spreading the theory that Khumalo was somehow involved in her boyfriend’s murder.
According to the account, Chicco Twala and Kelly Khumalo are among those who should be arrested for their alleged roles in what happened to Meyiwa.
The account has been called out for sharing “fake news” before, and none of its claims regarding the Meyiwa murder have been verified by police.
Former Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya, who has also been implicated in the account’s tweets about Meyiwa, has vowed to unmask whoever is behind the account.
At the same rally, EFF leader Julius Malema was accused of being prejudiced against Indian South Africans after he said this demographic does not pay their domestic workers properly.
“We know that our fathers and mothers who are domestic workers are paid nothing by the fellow South Africans who happen to be of Indian descent,” he said.
He also said if unity between black and Indian South Africans were to happen it would require the latter to “rework their mentality that they are closer to whiteness”.
“They are not closer to whiteness, they are black and we are all victims of apartheid. Indians must accept that without unity of purpose among Africans and Indians the white minority will continue to exploit us,” he noted.
This is not the first time the EFF commander in chief has caused controversy with his comments about this demographic.
At the EFF’s 2018 Youth Day celebrations in Klerksdorp, North West, Malema took to the podium to tell a large crowd: “[The] majority of Indians hate Africans, [the] majority of Indians are racist, and we must never be scared to say that they are racist.
“I’m not saying all Indians, I’m saying the majority of them,” he added. -Tshisalive