Tshwane approves EFF’s Atteridgeville rally

2014-05-02 16:51

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rally at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, west of Pretoria, will go ahead as planned on Sunday, the party has said.

“The meeting has approved the event,” said spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

The EFF and the City of Tshwane met today to deal with outstanding logistics relating to the rally.

The city said it had approved the rally after the party complied with joint operations centre requirements.

“We welcome the decision by the EFF to comply fully with the city’s by-laws, and emphasise that the City of Tshwane will continue to promote our constitutional values and ensure that all political parties operate freely in our city and everywhere,” said spokesperson Blessing Manale.

“[The city] also accepts in good faith the guarantees for a peaceful event, as made by the parties.”

The city cancelled the EFF application to use the stadium after the party apparently failed to attend a scheduled meeting of the joint operations committee to present its full operational safety and event plans, as required by the Sports and Recreational Events Act.

In terms of the conditions of use and rental of the stadium, all parties are required to provide the city with the appropriate approvals to cover crowd control, emergency medical service on site and transportation, an appropriate security operation plan and disaster management plan, among others.

The EFF took the council to court after it cancelled a provisional agreement concluded with the party on April 23 for hiring the stadium.

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