CAPE TOWN Showers early. Morning clouds. Cool.

MIN9
MAX13
7 day
  • Wednesday 10-14°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Thursday 10-14°c Afternoon clouds. Cool. Afternoon clouds. Cool.
    Friday 11-14°c Rain showers. More clouds than sun. Cool. Rain showers. More clouds than sun. Cool.
    Saturday 10-14°c Mostly sunny. Cool. Mostly sunny. Cool.
    Sunday 8-15°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Monday 12-16°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
More News

Judgment reserved in EFF application

2014-03-06 07:47
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 Commission (IEC).

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 anti-Zuma slogans.

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."

- SAPA
Read more on: iec  |  eff  |  julius malema  |  politics  |  elections 2014

More In This Category
Violence doesn't help anyone, Maimane tells Tshwane residents

DA leader Mmusi Maimane has pleaded with residents of Tshwane not to engage in violent protests, saying they will not bring about any solutions.

Zuma's silence on Tshwane violence shameful – Maimane

President Jacob Zuma should come out of hiding and speak out against the violent protests in Tshwane in which five people died, the DA has said after its federal council held in eThekwini.

SACP suspends 5 district members implicated in Tshwane unrest

The South African Communist Party in Gauteng has resolved to suspend with immediate effect five District Executive Committee members implicated in the Tshwane unrest.

Tshwane protest report show ANC puts politicians above people – DA

The Democratic Alliance has accused the ANC of putting politicians above ordinary people during the recent unrest in Tshwane following a report that police were told to protect minister's homes in in the city.

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
43 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  Property24  |  Careers24  |  Spree  |