EFF members dispersed by cops’ stun grenade at Gauteng legislature

2014-07-22 16:50

Police have fired a stun grenade at a group of EFF members trying to enter the Gauteng legislature building in Johannesburg.

A group of about 50 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters today banged on the closed doors of the legislature and threw broken bottles at it while others looked on and sang.

After the stun grenade was fired the group outside the door ran, only to pick up plastic bottles in the street and throw them at the police.

An announcement was made from a truck asking those banging on the door to stop. The group was told that a meeting was being held between EFF leader Julius Malema and legislature officials.

Malema led about 2 000 members to the legislature to protest against the removal of their members of the provincial legislature (MPLs) during a sitting on July 1, for wearing red overalls.

Earlier, Malema and some members broke through a human chain of police officers and stormed into the building. The doors were shut and locked to prevent others from getting in.

EFF members said Malema would not leave the building until he had met legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe. He apparently refused to meet the deputy speaker.

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