Why EFF MP Naledi Chirwa's maiden Sona speech won the hearts of South Africans
Student activist and newly elected EFF MP Naledi Chirwa's maiden speech during the Sona debate on Tuesday struck a cord with many South Africans who praised her fearlessness in speaking out on the plight of black people.
Corrective rape, the murder of Fees Must Fall activists, women abuse and landlessness were among the burning issues Chirwa addressed.
While Chirwa's fiery address was found by many to be reflective of society, ANC House whip Bheki Radebe did not share this view and asked that Chirwa withdraw her remarks on the murder of Fees Must Fall activists on the grounds that they were unparliamentary.
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The EFF leadership's attempts to keep Chirwa from withdrawing her remarks, on the basis that a maiden speech cannot be interrupted, were futile.
She withdrew, but maintained that "it is not a lie".
On Twitter, many hailed Chirwa. Here is a snapshot of the responses:
"Teach your daughters to reject likability. Her job is not to be likable, her job is to be her full self, a self that is honest and aware of the equal humanity of other people"— Oshun~God is a woman (@T_Bae_coupe) June 26, 2019
~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie@NalediChirwa you're my #WCW women are the real architecs of society ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/a449O6MrAr
@NalediChirwa makes us all proud as the youth.— Son of the book. (@MightiJamie) June 25, 2019
That maiden speech announces very clearly that it will not be business as usual in Parliament.
The youth, The womxn, The Queer of this country will not ignore the failings of the government.
Dreamville is being exposed.
Naledi is LEADERSHIP!— Kim Heller (@kimheller3) June 25, 2019
Congratulations on a powerful maiden speak in Parliament @NalediChirwa ??????????
?? Thank you for honoring the #FeesMustFall students who were criminalized and killed for asking for #FreeEducation ?????#SONA19 #SonaDebate #NalediChirwa #EFF pic.twitter.com/KKKbqWxIJY