Last week, Jesse Griesel made headlines after she was announced as a candidate for the EFF in their upcoming Student Representative Council elections. As a white nominee for the party, the teenager has made her own slice of history – and she’s not afraid to use her new platform to take on political foes.
Yes, that includes you, John Steenhuisen…
Griesel hasn’t shied away from the controversy which unfolded in Phoenix this week: The DA put up some fairly controversial posters in the region, praising locals as heroes – just three months after a deadly vigilante massacre claimed an estimated 20 lives in the KZN town. Steenhuisen only served to make matters worse, however.
He defended the party’s choice of words, saying that they only specifically applied to the citizens who protected their families and properties ‘within the boundaries of the law’. However, he has refused to apologise for the divisive message, and has found himself at the centre of the biggest hot-button issue of the 2021 Local Elections so far.
Steenhuisen has had an earful of criticism over the past 24 hours, and a verbal blast from Bheki Cele – who said the opposition leader was a ‘brainless political criminal’ – has really summarised the anger amongst his critics.
Jesse Griesel has since added her voice to the chorus of condemnation – slamming the 45-year-old for a car-crash interview he gave to Newzroom Afrika on Wednesday morning…
It’s Steenhuisen being famously and oh so typically condescending towards females, particularly black females, for me. “Unlike you, I was on the ground” … I swear John dm’ed me last week and asked me for directions to the ground 🙄 https://t.co/B0IPJcGtv8— jes / SRC Candidate #5 ☀️ (@JesseGriesel) October 6, 2021
The white EFF candidate didn’t stop there, and delivered another stinging put down. Annoyed by the DA’s alleged lack of diversity, Griesel lashed out at Steenhuisen and the party for ‘letting a mediocre white man act as their only voice’.
“The other issue here is that this so-called diverse party, which has black individuals standing in the background, is letting this mediocre white man be the only voice. Surely, just for PR, you see how unstrategic this is? And STILL, you cannot bring yourselves even pretend to endorse other members?”