Hammanskraal protesters reject claim of EFF influence

2016-05-24 08:45
Fires during protests burn in Hammanskraal (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Fires during protests burn in Hammanskraal (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - Protesting residents in Hammanskraal have rejected the South African National Civic Organisation's (Sanco) claim that the EFF is to blame for illegal land occupation.

The organisation's spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu, put the blame for the violence on the EFF and accused the party of encouraging the illegal occupation of land.

 "The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) must take responsibility for encouraging illegal occupation of land, subsequent violent confrontation and loss of lives," said Mahlangu on Monday.

Residents have hit back saying this is not the case.

"There is no EFF influence here. There is no one wearing any political shirt or affiliated to the EFF," said one resident who asked not to be named.

"The reason things are like this is because government is failing to deliver. If EFF is behind this, did they call the Red Ants on us? We want Sanco to explain that to us maybe we can understand," said the resident, adding that the ward was ANC-controlled and the EFF had no power there.

Another resident said they were put on the land by members of the ANC in the area. He questioned why they were now trying to put the blame on someone else.

"This is just a strategy for them to win votes. They must not blame someone else for their actions," he said.

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