EFF laughed at for drinking Rupert & Rothschild wines at gala dinner


One journalist pointed out the irony that Malema was distancing the EFF from Johann Rupert while simultaneously having his wines on their tables.

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ curious choice of wine for their gala dinner on Friday night in Pretoria, ahead of the launch of their elections manifesto this weekend, has left many not only scratching their heads, but accusing the party of hypocrisy.

Political journalist Carien du Plessis tweeted photos of billionaire businessman Johann Rupert’s wine brand Rupert & Rothschild on the tables at the dinner, and added that Malema had even again criticised Rupert on the evening, claiming the EFF was supposedly the only party not in the pockets of so-called white monopoly capital (WMC), and Rupert in particular.

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; CIC @Julius_S_Malema giving the keynote this evening.

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Malema: We are the only party that can unashamedly fight White Monopoly Capitalists. We do not want to maintain the status quo, we want to challenge the status quo.

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When a Twitter user accused Du Plessis of lying about the presence of the wine, she shared a picture of herself holding a bottle with the EFF’s logo in the background. A bottle sells for about R200 in shops.

Mathule CM@Mathule7

This is the very same picture which ppl shared here on twitter at the nasrec ANC gala dinner

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Here is a different angle 😬 pic.twitter.com/6SrSpZLtyj

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Julius Malema speaking about how important it is to fund multiparty democracy, saying the EFF is the only party that isn’t owned by the Ruperts. Perhaps that is why we have to drink this Rupert & Rothschild on the tables 🙈

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Another person even accused her of bringing the wine along herself to “frame” the EFF, which she said wasn’t the kind of “forward planning” she was capable of.

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😂😂😂 you are flattering but my forward planning skills aren’t this advanced …

siyabonga khumalo@siyabon81683024
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So you came with the bottle to say it’s from Eff?

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Malema: If you do not support small parties like the EFF then we run the risk of having the likes of the Rupert’s running the country. The likelihood is that the Rupert’s have got everyone except the EFF.

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Du Plessis admitted the wine was excellent and she was trying not to quaff too much of it herself.

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It’s a good wine I must admit 🙈. Trying to have only small sips … not bottles 😂

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@carienduplessis drink the free wine and vote for your favourite party……😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

Even still, take few full bottles home…..

And RR is nice shwem. Enjoy 😉 https://twitter.com/PhilaniDbn/status/1091419818383867904 

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Hehe. And I love this wine 🙈

Sbonelo Hlophe@SboneloHlophe
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😃 I love you for these cheeky tweets Carien.https://twitter.com/carienduplessis/status/1091414139183030272?s=19 

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This business guy at the table ordered some Veuve, but the business in Tshwane isn’t Bosasa-sized so he isn’t sharing with everyone on the table. Some people at another table ordered Moët demi-sec for which they will burn in champagne hell 🙄

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But where’s the Verve?

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Amid the Twitter banter, another political journalist, Qaanitah Hunter, shared a photo suggesting the ANC is also a big Rupert & Rothschild wine fan, as she was seeing the same wine on the tables at an ANC event in the Northern Cape.

Du Plessis said she’d previously drunk this “WMC red wine” at the ANC’s gala dinner ahead of its elective conference in 2017.

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Some of the same tasty WMC red wine at the Red Beret gala dinner in Pretoria tonight as we had at the ANC gala dinner before Nasrec in December 2017. This has a somewhat fishy nose 🤔

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Haha same at ANC Northern Cape gala dinner tonight. pic.twitter.com/z4tvN1A8sX

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Last year the EFF accused Rupert of being “the ultimate face of white privilege” and “an arrogant, white Afrikaner who sees nothing beyond his selfish, racist, white capitalist interests”.

They were reacting to an interview he’d given in which he’d advised South Africans, among other things, not to waste their time and money at luxury party venues such as Taboo and The Sands, and rather save and work hard as he and his family had done.

Many black people took exception to his comments and felt he was patronising them and showing complete tone-deafness to South Africa’s history and his own privilege.

In a December statement, the EFF said they had “always warned” the country against Rupert, claiming he was actually “a president of whites in South Africa”.

The party claimed to be a “nightmare” to Rupert, and expressed their pride over that.

In a reaction statement on Saturday morning, rival political party Black First Land First (BLF) was incensed that the EFF had bought Rupert’s wine when it could instead have supported a black wine producer.

They said the EFF was “promoting the racist Johann Rupert’s wine at its gala dinner”.

“First our people were sold for tea in London over #OccupyABSA, now our people are sold for expensive wine over the land question.

They said the EFF could not claim to be a revolutionary political party “fighting WMC, and then promote the businesses and products of the Stellenbosch cabal, led by Rupert”.

“This proves that the EFF is unprincipled and subservient to whites.

“The same EFF that claims to be revolutionary and wears overalls in Parliament, dines in Gucci and drinks Rupert’s wine at night. There are many black-owned wine brands that need exposure and support which the EFF could have promoted, but just like the African National Congress (ANC), they put white people first and support white businesses for their own personal gain.”

Du Plessis herself later shared a tweet promoting the wines of a black producer.

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@EFFSouthAfrica @KhandaniM @Julius_S_Malema @Sentletse @MbalulaFikile Tell the Organization we can sort them out 💯 % Black 🖤

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We 🚚 Deliver everywhere in South Africa Cell Number 0730813691 .. Hv a Taste of khayelitsha 🍷 😉 Western Cape. The people that ⚒ work the vineyards. pic.twitter.com/2d2YcDBIRT

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