Scuffles at EFF conference

2015-02-17 12:32

Johannesburg - Scuffles broke out at an EFF media briefing in Johannesburg on Tuesday where MPs Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala were due to speak.

A handful of Economic Freedom Fighters members tried to block the entrance, preventing Mngxitama and his supporters from going in.

Former EFF leader in Gauteng, Lufuno Gogoro, said he had been pushed and shoved by EFF members.

"It shows the barbaric nature of our leader... we are going to push going forward to ensure justice is prevails in the EFF."

He said party president Julius Malema told EFF members to go to the hotel venue to prevent Mngxitama's conference.

Gogoro said people were also sent to his home to intimidate his family.

"I was attacked and they also sent people to my house to intimidate my family. They called my mother a witch," he said.

At least seven police vehicles lined the street with officers having to man the entrance of the hotel to prevent further scuffles.

One EFF member shouted at Mngxitama: "We are not scared of you... you must voetsek!"

On Tuesday, the party announced that it had suspended Mngxitama and Litchfield-Tshabalala.

On Thursday last week, Mngxitama had to be escorted out of the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town, where he had intended holding a press conference ahead of the State of the Nation address in Parliament.

Fights reportedly broke out between EFF members and Mngxitama's supporters.

The EFF members refused to leave the venue and said they wanted to hear what Mngxitama had to say.

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