EFF drama in Namibia

2014-10-12 15:00

If the tough time three of South Africa’s most prominent red berets had in Windhoek this week is anything to go by, Namibia isn’t ready for economic freedom.

An Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) delegation, led by MPs Magdalene Moonsamy, Andile Mngxitama and Mpho Ramakatsa, was briefly detained at the Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek on Friday when they arrived for the launch of the Namibia Economic Freedom Fighters.

Moonsamy told City Press yesterday that they were asked to step aside by ­immigration officers when they arrived.

“We tried to explain that we were from a Southern African Development Community country, but the officers said they had instructions,” she said.

Moonsamy said they were also told that the secretary-general of the ruling party, Swapo, had sent his wife to give immigration officers and police instructions to give them a hard time. Swapo has close historical links to the ANC.

Moonsamy said the trio was ­eventually allowed into the country when the ­issue started causing a commotion and the media arrived.

The EFF has faced similar challenges in Botswana, which refused to allow leader Julius Malema into the country.

Malema did not make the trip to Windhoek. He told City Press that he was on study leave.

Moonsamy said they had been making contact with their Namibian counterparts for about a year, advising them on how to go about forming a similar ­organisation.

Namibia EFF has now been registered as a party and will be contesting ­Namibia’s elections in November.

Namibia EFF spokesperson Olsen ­Kahiriri told City Press that while they had not experienced outright hostility, they were angry about the treatment of their guests from South Africa.

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