EFF Leader Julius Malema gets kwaito and hip hop. He doesn’t‚ however‚ get why the Sunday Sun would publish a “lazy‚ myopic and non-creative story”.
The commander-in-chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) described as “pure lies” the tabloid’s “claims that the CIC met with AKA and Cassper Nyovest ‘just after their electrifying performance at the University of Limpopo…and sat them down like naughty little boys who needed reprimanding’ ”.
The opposition party leader also took exception to the paper reporting that he took to the stage and “made it clear the beef between the two rappers is nothing but a waste of time”.
“He advised the young men that their fight is useless and they should instead channel their energy into fighting for something constructive — like land‚” the EFF quoted the paper as saying.
“The CIC also never said any of these things when addressing the crow(d)s from the stage‚” the party said on Sunday.
“Instead he made students understand that within the history of kwaito and hip hop there is always a competitiveness between leading artists. He gave examples of Tupac and Biggie Smalls. He then said we must support them both‚ because both are making us proud being black brothers with their success and impact in the music industry.
The EFF said Malema “was aware that a historic moment had occurred in the history of hip-hop in South Africa and in front of a no less than a 25000-strong crowd”.
“AKA and Cassper Nyovest were performing on one stage and were doing their ‘diss-tracks’. This moment‚ taking place on the EFF platform had to be ushered by a proper understanding of the artistic importance of the competition which as the CIC indicated‚ needed the masses to support both artists.
“Music is truly that powerful‚ and all hip hop music comes out to the diverse hip hop community and audience which must continue to support both artists.”
The EFF statement went on to say the “Sunday Sun story lacks in imagination‚ ethics and journalistic standards and it will fall into the sloppy dustbin of poor journalism”‚ and encouraged “journalists to try and pay attention by attending events as opposed to thumb-sucking stories to the detriment of journalistic ethics”.