EFF members brave rain to challenge IEC in court

2014-03-04 12:19

Rain-drenched members of the Economic Freedom Fighters sang and danced outside the high court in Pretoria this morning as the party took President Jacob Zuma, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor and the Independent Electoral Commission to court.

The EFF is seeking an interdict against having to pay a deposit when submitting a list of candidates for the national elections, spokesperson Mbuyiseli Ndlozi said in a statement.

Despite incessant rain, a crowd wearing red EFF regalia gathered at Church Square, opposite the court, where they sang and chanted anti-Zuma songs.

When the court proceedings started after 10am, Judge Joseph Rauling apologised and adjourned the matter because there was no stenographer.

He said the case would resume when the stenographer, who operates the court’s recording equipment, was available.

Several EFF members, some wearing red berets, were inside the court.

Political parties have to pay a deposit of more than R600 000 – R45 000 per province plus R200 000 – to fully contest the elections nationally.

The EFF contends such a high deposit is unfair to new entrants and is unconstitutional.

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