Shots fired at EFF protesters

2014-07-22 18:31
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

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.

Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  johannesburg  |  politics  |  protests

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Prince George the green prince?
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.