EFF’s true colours?

2014-07-24 00:00

THE Gauteng legislature is counting the cost of a rampage by 600 EFF supporters who left behind excrement, urine, broken doors and smouldering rubbish.

They stormed the building on Tuesday to gain access after Ntombi Mekgwe, Gauteng speaker, prohibited all EFF dressed in party clothing from attending the session.

Chairperson of the Gauteng legislature’s portfolio committees, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko, said the EFF members caused damage to the heritage building that would cost more than R1 million to repair. She said apart from food taken from the canteen, the PA system’s speakers had been stolen and copper door handles that are over 100 years old, had been broken off doors.

Televised scenes showed how EFF supporters smashed old stained glass windows with their bare hands.

Part of the legislature’s ceiling had also collapsed after EFF members opened fire hoses on the second floor.

Some of the items that were damaged or stolen are irreplaceable, such as the antique door handles and stained glass panels.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said the Gauteng legislature had laid charges of malicious damage to property and public violence against the EFF, which were being investigated.

EFF spokesperson in Gauteng, Mandisa Mashego, who also chairs the Julius Sello Malema Trust, yesterday said the EFF was not aware of the charges, nor any damage caused during the march to the legislature.

She said someone would have to prove that EFF members had defecated on the carpets and urinated into plastic bottles.

She said the party had no intention of changing its members’ uniform.

Nkomo-Ralehoko said the EFF had refused to enter into a debate with the legislature on its dress code.

He said the portfolio committee on the legislature’s rules will meet next week, but it had not yet received any submission from the EFF on why the dress code should change. He said the EFF would rather destroy something before entering into a discussion to change things constructively.

Deputy speaker Uhuru Moiloa said the EFF’s actions were anarchy and there was no place for such behaviour in a democracy.

“On Tuesday Iwaited for more than three hours to meet with [EFF leader] Julius Malema to receive their memorandum, but they did not have one and he insisted I had to go to him.”

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