EFF member dies because of Paul Kruger statue

By Shanaaz Prince
06 March 2014

An EFF member, only identified as "Max", died outside the Pretoria High Court yesterday after a freak accident, falling to his death after tripping on a chain set around a statue of Paul Kruger.

It sounds like something out of the next Final Destination movie. Yesterday news broke of the freak death of an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member who died outside the Pretoria High Court.

The unidentified EFF member was part of a protest outside the court yesterday afternoon when he allegedly tripped over a chain around a statue of Paul Kruger before falling on his head, which is said to have been the result of his death.

EFF leader Julius Malema told hundreds of supporters that his party would finance the funeral arrangements of the unidentified man, Sapa reports.

"He was here fighting for the rights of the black child. We must be very proud of that fighter. We want to say to him: 'in us you have reliable fighters and we will not betray what you died for'," he said.

"We are going to bury him. His family is not going to pay any cent. We are taking full responsibility. We have lost a friend and a fellow fighter."

Tshwane emergency staff attempted at resuscitating the deceased earlier before the arrival of the government mortuary vehicle. The deceased wore an EFF shirt and black jeans and had joined approximately a hundred party members singing outside court. EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed that the man, only identified as Max, had died. "He was running on Church Square, he got tripped by the chains around Paul Kruger's statue", Ndlozi said .

"He fell terribly on his head. His name is Max. It was an accident."

The EFF was in court, seeking an interdict against having to pay a deposit to the Independent Electoral Commission when submitting lists of candidates for the upcoming elections.

EFF members aggressively barred journalists from taking pictures at the scene, to which Malema defended as EFF supporters protecting the "dignity" of their colleague.

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

Political parties have to pay a deposit of between R600 000 and R45 000 per province and R200 000 to fully contest the polls nationally.

Judge Joseph Raulinga reserved his judgment on the matter. He hinted that his verdict would be announced before May 12, the closing day set by the IEC for the submission of party candidates' lists.

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