A white Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member has gone from being relatively unknown within the party to a viral sensation. 

His name is Jack Markovitz. Reports indicate he is 21 years old, and has been a member of the party since he was 18. 

Markovitz was vocal in his disdain for white people in South Africa at Friday’s protest action at Brackenfell High School in Cape Town, after the school’s parents held an allegedly white-only private event for matric students.

Markovitz told IOL at the protest that his grandfather was Leon Markovitz, the DA’s former finance MEC in the Western Cape. 

Markovitz said of white people – “Racism is instilled inside the bones of these people. The only difference here [in Brackenfell] is that it’s more open and violent.” 

He told the media at the protest that he went to a private school with “mostly white kids”, and that the stark separation of races was perpetuated throughout his school years. 

“Nothing’s changed, it’s only gotten worse, over the past 30 years. And today I think we want to have that confrontation with these whites.

“It’s a violent state to live in, and today I think it’s time we fight back.”

But it is still unknown which branch of the EFF’s student command (SC) Markovitz belongs to. 

It was reported that Markovitz was a student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), but UCT EFF secretary-general Daniel Erasmus confirmed to The Citizen that “he is not a member of our branch”.

“He claims to be a member but I am yet to find out which branch he belongs to. He is not a UCT student as far as we know.”

A member of EFF at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) told The Citizen that Markovitz was a UCT student, and was newly elected to the EFF UCT SC, which was why his SC affiliation was being questioned. 

Regardless of which student command Markovitz was associated with, his presence garnered some interesting reactions from social media users. 

But Markovitz made it clear that Brackenfell was not the desired target to tackle racism, he said in another video seen by The Citizen

He said “I think Brackenfell, there isn’t enough money here, these poor whites are angry and violent and bored with their life, and we need to take it where the rich people have money and still making money off that land, which is all generational wealth passed down from their parents.”

He also said the DA was “still a white supremacist party”, perpetuating the racist attitudes being passed down, and painted a picture that “every single white neighbourhood” in South Africa relied on private security companies “to uphold apartheid in their neighbourhoods”