EFF claims members were kicked out of Mandela event

2013-12-13 08:21

The ANC in Limpopo has denied any of their security officials could have been involved in allegedly preventing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) from attending the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Polokwane yesterday.

The party said none of its security officials were deployed at Peter Mokaba Stadium where the provincial memorial service was held.

An EFF member, Godfrey Munyai, claim about 100 of their members were “turned away” and told they were not welcome.

“The guy was wearing a black suit and the other an ANC jacket. They told us this was an ANC function and EFF was not welcome,” Munyai said.

“They were serious and steadfast that we were not going to enter the stadium. We were forced to go back and deprived of an opportunity to honour Madiba and bid him farewell with the masses and all this was because we’re EFF members.”

Munyai said he knew the two men who had blocked them. “I am sure about it because I know for a fact they work as ANC security officials. They are always there at ANC events,” he said.

Spokesperson of the ANC in Limpopo, Sello Lediga, said the memorial service was a government event and not organised by the ANC.

“We were not involved in security at the venue and those people who have allegedly turned them away can’t be ANC security official. Security officials there were government people and we cannot take responsibility for any alleged action by them,” Lediga said.

Limpopo government spokesperson Kenny Mathivha said whatever is alleged to have happened “has got nothing to do with us (government)”.

“Our security arrangement was handled by the police outside the venue and marshals were working inside. Our event was inclusive hence we also had the DA and Cope leaders addressing the gathering.”

Leader of EFF in Limpopo, Michael Mathebe, said their members tried to attend the memorial service, clad in their red berets and shirts “under the impression that it was an inclusive government event”.

“They were shocked when told they were not welcomed at an ANC event. They were pushed around and our office advised them to leave,” he said.

Join the conversation!

24.com 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.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
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 24.com 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.