Prominent members of the EFF have been lambasted for their conduct on Thursday, following the death of eNCA journalist Karima Brown. The reporter passed away as a result of contracting COVID-19, but the Red Berets showed little sympathy.
A string of insensitive posts appeared online, in the aftermath of the shock announcement, asking ‘who would replace Karima Brown’ at eNCA. The blunt line of questioning was directly related to utterances made by Brown herself, just hours after Jackson Mthembu was also killed by the virus. She openly pondered who may take the minister’s Parliamentary role.
The merits of such a discussion on-air have been widely debated, but as we all know, two wrongs certainly don’t make a right. That has not stopped some EFF representatives – who have a very contentious bit of history with the veteran journalist – from scoring some cheap points, however.
Who will replace Karima Brown? Since that’s the first thing she asked when someone passes away?
— EFF_Cape_Metro (@EFF_Cape_Metro) March 4, 2021
Meanwhile, Julius Malema ended up retweeting these bitter sentiments from an EFF comrade, to his 3.4 million followers on Twitter. Sinawo Tambo showed little regard for Karima Brown when he posted the following:
As per her own tradition of asking who will replace Minister Jackson Mthembu as Minister in the Presidency, who will replace Karima Brown on The Fix news show?
It is of public interest to know who will replace her, since she is now deceased.
— Sinawo Tambo (@Chairman_Tambo) March 4, 2021
Needless to say, some social media users were left mortified by the EFF’s lack of compassion:
As a political analyst it was part of her job. May God have mercy on your ugly and insensitive soul.
— Shakier (@Shakier58196323) March 4, 2021
People make mistakes…..in life we must learn from their mistakes and not repeat them.
— mashimane (@smmashimane) March 4, 2021
Let’s not do this? Let’s be people first https://t.co/SvCLfl2kpR
— Julian (@Julian_Maake) March 4, 2021
I never condoned what she said but one thing about black people, we are cultured and respectful, especially when someone has passed. Please don’t stoop low to be relevant on twitter. Have humanity and be humble.
— Wendy’s co-host (@WendysAttorney) March 4, 2021
It’s that so called useless and unjustified “respect” which is in fact disguised foolishness, which has made our race a laughing stock worldwide. Let’s stop respecting those who have no respect for us.
— The hungry Lion (@ThehungryLion3) March 4, 2021
This is very insensitive, more especial coming from someone who some of us view as a leader that one day will lead in this country, the best thing is to offer our condolences to Karima’s family no matter how serious we differed with her on how she conducted herself sometimes.
— @Nome_Bukhosi (@BukhosiNome) March 4, 2021