EFF claims members were kicked out of Mandela event

2013-12-13 08:21

The ANC in Limpopo has denied any of their security officials could have been involved in allegedly preventing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) from attending the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Polokwane yesterday.

The party said none of its security officials were deployed at Peter Mokaba Stadium where the provincial memorial service was held.

An EFF member, Godfrey Munyai, claim about 100 of their members were “turned away” and told they were not welcome.

“The guy was wearing a black suit and the other an ANC jacket. They told us this was an ANC function and EFF was not welcome,” Munyai said.

“They were serious and steadfast that we were not going to enter the stadium. We were forced to go back and deprived of an opportunity to honour Madiba and bid him farewell with the masses and all this was because we’re EFF members.”

Munyai said he knew the two men who had blocked them. “I am sure about it because I know for a fact they work as ANC security officials. They are always there at ANC events,” he said.

Spokesperson of the ANC in Limpopo, Sello Lediga, said the memorial service was a government event and not organised by the ANC.

“We were not involved in security at the venue and those people who have allegedly turned them away can’t be ANC security official. Security officials there were government people and we cannot take responsibility for any alleged action by them,” Lediga said.

Limpopo government spokesperson Kenny Mathivha said whatever is alleged to have happened “has got nothing to do with us (government)”.

“Our security arrangement was handled by the police outside the venue and marshals were working inside. Our event was inclusive hence we also had the DA and Cope leaders addressing the gathering.”

Leader of EFF in Limpopo, Michael Mathebe, said their members tried to attend the memorial service, clad in their red berets and shirts “under the impression that it was an inclusive government event”.

“They were shocked when told they were not welcomed at an ANC event. They were pushed around and our office advised them to leave,” he said.

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