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Malema on Zuma’s turf this Freedom Day

2014-04-27 10:35
(AFP)

Cape Town - Julius Malema will spend Freedom Day in President Jacob Zuma’s territory when he addresses a rally in Umlazi outside Durban on Sunday.

According to the Sunday Times, security is expected to be tight around the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader and bodyguards will try to ensure that only party supporters gain access to the stadium following his hostile reception last week.

This comes after Malema and his supporters were forced to leave a meeting on Thursday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal after it was disrupted by ANC-aligned students – who booed him to his car.

On Friday, Malema boosted his security detail to eight bodyguards instead of the usual two when he visited the Durban University of Technology where he was once again booed. He was also escorted by armed policemen in riot gear.

ANC disruption

Shortly before Thursday’s event at the university was meant to get under way, ANC supporters made their way into the hall, disrupting the event.

University academics attempted to calm the situation but ultimately Malema and other EFF officials accompanying him were forced to leave the venue.

Malema then addressed supporters from the steps of the hall.

"They [the ANC members] are very few and we will find that some of them are not even students," he said.

"[It] is a rented crowd paid with yellow t-shirts."

The SABC reported that the ANC said it would investigate the incident, and it did not tolerate its members disrupting other parties' events.

The Electoral Commission of SA said all parties should promote political tolerance at all times.

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