Bonnie Mbuli slams Mbuyiseni Ndlozi over alleged EFF ‘harassment’ of a journalist

10 September 2020 - 12:00
By Chrizelda Kekana
Bonnie Mbuli slammed the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for his comments.
Image: Instagram/Bonnie Mbuli x Instagram/Mbuyiseni Ndlozi Bonnie Mbuli slammed the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for his comments.

Actress Bonnie Mbuli has called out former EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for his comments on the alleged harassment of a female journalist at one of the party's nationwide protests against a "racist" Clicks hair advert.  

A video of eNCA journalist Nobesuthu Hejana being pushed by EFF members in Cape Town during a protest outside a Clicks store went viral this week, sparking reaction and fierce debate on the party's alleged treatment of women.

The incident happened just hours after EFF members clashed with an eNCA cameraman outside Clicks in Goodwood, after EFF national chairperson Veronica Mente asked the channel's reporters to leave.

Mbuyiseni shared his opinion on the matter, saying that “merely touching her is not harassment”.

“They are telling her that she can be here, but was not allowed to talk to EFF members. It means she was trying to interview them. I really do not see harassment here. Merely touching her is not harassment. The touch has to be violent, invasive, or harmful to become harassment!” he claimed.

Bonnie was among those who disagreed with Mbuyiseni, calling his explanation “hogwash!”

She went on to share her thoughts on how the politician's comments reflect on the party.

Many people called Bonnie out for dragging the party into her response, instead of focusing her anger on the person who uttered the statement.

Radio and TV personality Sizwe Dhlomo wrote: “No guys, this is an unfair conclusion to draw from one member’s tweet though.”

Bonnie responded by saying Mbuyseni's opinion carried a lot of weight.

“How is it unfair? He (Mbuyiseni) just publicly normalised and endorsed a woman being manhandled by his party members without consent, which begs the question, What happens when there are no cameras? He’s not just a member, his opinion has huge implications, he’s a prominent voice!” she said.