EFF members not arrested for Gauteng legislature disruption

2014-07-24 12:59

No Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters have been arrested for their behaviour in the Gauteng legislature.

The police’s Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini confirmed this today.

The legislature said it was assessing damage caused during the EFF supporters’ protest on Tuesday. It has said it intended to file a civil lawsuit.

“The violent protest by the EFF on Tuesday has resulted in malicious damage to state property,” it said.


The damage included broken windows, doors, and furniture.

Beeld reported that the supporters left faeces, plastic bottles of urine, dirtied carpets and a smouldering heap of rubble in their wake.

The newspaper quoted committee chairperson Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko as saying that loudspeakers were stolen. A section of a ceiling collapsed after EFF members used a fire hose to spray water into corridors on the second floor. Gold-plated copper doorknobs, over 100 years old, were ripped off and stolen.

The legislature laid criminal charges against the EFF on Tuesday night after party members, including leader Julius Malema, stormed into the building.

At the time, Dlamini, confirmed that cases of public violence and malicious damage to property had been opened at the Johannesburg Central police station.

The legislature’s acting secretary, Hlengiwe Bhengu said charges of trespassing, damage to property, and intimidation had been laid.

The charges related to the EFF supporters’ forced entry into the legislature, as well as their looting food catered for the sitting, assaulting police officers, and vandalising property.

Malema led about 2 000 red-clad members in a protest over the ejection of their members of provincial legislature (MPLs) from a sitting because they were wearing red overalls bearing slogans.

Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe ordered them out of the House on July 1 for wearing red overalls with “asijiki” (a Zulu phrase meaning “we will not retreat”) inscribed on the back.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse EFF supporters at the legislature on Tuesday evening. Stun grenades were thrown inside the foyer.

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