EFF cries foul around ANC bus plan

2014-08-27 11:10

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The Economic Freedom Fighters have cried foul, claiming the ANC is “planning to undermine the very Parliament that it claims to protect and respect” by busing in supporters for this afternoon’s sitting.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is due to reply to questions in the National Council of Provinces this afternoon – a different chamber to the one in which President Jacob Zuma was verbally attacked by the red berets last week.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the EFF suspected that the ANC was trying to pack the public gallery with its supporters and to “protect” Ramaphosa.

There is also a question session to the security cluster ministers in the National Assembly this afternoon.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula yesterday spoke for the cluster, saying the party wanted to escalate security measures around Parliament to prevent a repeat of last week’s outburst.

Ndlozi said in a statement this morning “the ANC is mobilising hooligans in the townships (sic) of Cape Town to come and assault EFF MPs today in Parliament”.

He said the ANC was using loud-hailers in townships and promising people free buses to go to Parliament “and deal with the EFF”.

He said: “This is a clear plan to disrupt Parliament and render its work dysfunctional.”

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Cobus Grobler said he didn’t know anything about this alleged mobilisation.

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