Shots fired at EFF protesters

2014-07-22 18:31
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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 – Police fired rubber bullets at the EFF members standing outside the legislature building in the Johannesburg CBD on Tuesday.

This was after the crowd threw stones at police exiting the building.

EFF members ran into the streets of Johannesburg to get away from the rubber bullets.

The streets outside the legislature were littered with broken glass and rubber bullets.

Stun grenades were thrown inside the foyer of the Gauteng legislature where EFF leader Julius Malema and others were refusing to move.

A Sapa multi-media reporter, who was inside the legislature, said a stun grenade was thrown and then Malema was escorted out.

Malema had been sitting in the foyer of the legislature building, refusing to leave.

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.

More stun grenades were thrown inside the building until the other EFF members were removed from the building.

Malema had 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.

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.

- SAPA
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