EFF member dies outside court

2014-03-05 17:00

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A member of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) died after he collapsed outside the High Court in Pretoria.

By mid-afternoon, the man’s body still lay on the ground covered in foil after Tshwane emergency staff had tried to resuscitate him earlier.

Metro police, emergency staff and EFF members stood around him as they waited for the government mortuary vehicle to arrive and collect the body.

Earlier, staff administered CPR on the man for more than an hour.

The man was wearing an EFF shirt and black jeans and had joined about 100 fellow members singing outside court. The party supporters had been singing and chanting since 11am.

They ran around Church Square carrying placards with anti-Zuma slogans.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed that the man, identified only as Max, had died.

Ndlozi said: “He was running in Church Square and tripped by the chains around Paul Kruger’s statue. He fell terribly on his head. His name is Max. It was an accident.”

The party is seeking an interdict to prevent paying a deposit to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) when submitting lists of candidates for the upcoming elections.

EFF members would not speak to anyone at the scene and barred journalists from taking pictures.

The EFF has taken President Jacob Zuma, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor and the IEC to court.

Political parties must pay a deposit of more than R600 000 – R45 000 per province and R200 000 to fully contest the polls nationally.

Yesterday, Malema said his party would not pay the money.

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