Malema won't budge from legislature

2014-07-22 18:16
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EFF members protest at Gauteng legislature

EFF members gathered in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, for a protest march over a ban on wearing their red overalls in the Gauteng legislature.

Johannesburg – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema remained defiant as he sat in the foyer of the legislature building, refusing to leave on Tuesday evening.

Malema led about 2 000 members to the legislature to protest against the removal of their MPLs during a sitting on 1 July, for wearing red overalls.

A group of EFF members refused to leave from outside the Gauteng legislature in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening until they were guaranteed their MPLs could return.

The group was starting to burn branches and anything else they could find in the streets of the CBD to keep warm as the sun set.

EFF members said Malema would not leave the building until he had met legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe. He apparently refused to meet the deputy speaker.

Earlier, police fired a stun grenade at a group of EFF members trying to enter the building.

A group of around 50 EFF supporters banged on the closed doors of the legislature and threw broken bottles at it.

Other EFF supporters looked on and sang.

After the stun grenade was fired the group outside the door ran. They picked up plastic bottles in the street and threw them at the police.

Malema and some members broke through a human chain of police officers and stormed into the building. The doors were shut and locked to prevent others from getting in.

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