EFF threatens legal action over ‘unavailable’ rally stadium

2014-04-25 18:15

The Economic Freedom Fighters have threatened legal action against the City of Tshwane after permission to use the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville for an election rally was withdrawn.

Party leader Julius Malema said: “We have sanctioned a lawyer to take care of this matter. The rally will go on as planned. We have printed posters, hired buses and made radio adverts about this event. We can’t change our plans now.”

The EFF said Tshwane cited stadium maintenance as the reason for the cancellation of the booking, just eleven days before the election.

“The rally will happen at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on May 4,” said Malema.

“We paid R7 000 to use that stadium. Then we signed a lease agreement confirming that we could occupy the stadium on the day,” he said.

The party received a letter of acceptance from the municipality after the Professional Soccer League agreed to move a planned soccer match to another day.

“Now all of a sudden it is no longer available. This is a clear political agenda. We won’t go to another venue,” said Malema.

He said the maintenance would have to be done at another time. “This is a deliberate action to hinder our constitutional right to freedom of assembly and association,” Malema said.

In a statement, the party said it condemned “the ANC-run Tshwane municipality’s sudden decision to withdraw permission” and said “the decision is indeed unfair and illegal”.

“What kind of freedom are we celebrating this Sunday, if people of this country are barred from freely assembling together?” asked Malema.

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