Pretoria - Judgment was reserved on Wednesday in the
Economic Freedom Fighters' application in the North Gauteng High Court for an
interdict against having to pay a deposit to the Independent Electoral
No date was given for judgment.
Earlier, EFF leader Julius Malema said the IEC concentrated
on raising money even in disregard for poor people's rights.
"We are an organisation of poor people; even if we are
to ask our members to contribute and raise the money, we won't raise the R600
000. The majority of our members take time to just see a R10 (note), not to
have it," said Malema, speaking outside the court.
"The IEC is disputing that we are an organisation of
people. They are comparing us to rich countries, which do not have the same
crisis of unemployment we are having here in South Africa."
His party has taken President Jacob Zuma, Home Affairs
Minister Naledi Pandor, and the IEC to court on the matter.
Political parties wishing to contest the elections
nationally have to pay a R200 000 deposit, while contesting the provincial
elections requires a deposit of R45 000 per province. The total for parties
wishing to fully contest the elections, both national and provincial, is more
than R600 000.
Malema addressed hundreds of supporters as he left the court
premises. He observed a moment of silence following the death of an EFF member
outside the court.
He applauded his supporters for barring journalists from
taking pictures of the dead man, wrapped in foil.
The man, wearing an EFF shirt and black jeans, had earlier
joined about a hundred fellow party members singing outside the court. The
party supporters had been singing and chanting since 11:00.
They ran around Church Square carrying placards with
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed that the man,
identified only as Max, had died.
"He was running on Church Square; he got tripped by the
chains around Paul Kruger's statue" said Ndlozi.
"He fell terribly on his head. It was an accident."