EFF supporters congregate at Phoenix to march against the killing of black people

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EFF supporters at the Gandhi Luthuli Peace Square Park in Phoenix. PHOTO: Thabiso GOBA
EFF supporters at the Gandhi Luthuli Peace Square Park in Phoenix. PHOTO: Thabiso GOBA

Over 500 EFF supporters are expected to attend the Economic Freedom Fighters protest in Phoenix on Thursday. 

Vusimuzi Khoza, EFF provincial chairperson, said the protest is against the killings of black people in Phoenix. 

“We are taking a stand against racism here in this place. We are here to say that Africans have a right to walk wherever they wish and they must not be racially profiled, attacked and murdered,” he said.

According to police, 36 people died in Phoenix during the unrest last month, three of them were of Indian descent.

A group of EFF supporters congregated at the Phoenix Gandhi Luthuli Square Park on Thursday morning under heavy police presence. 

Buses carrying EFF supporters were steadily making their way into the park.

The roads leading to the park were blocked by police with access being regulated.

On Wednesday, DA leader, John Steenhuisen wrote to the South African Human Rights Commission in an attempt to stop the protest from happening.

Steenhuisen accused the EFF of stoking the racial tensions already being felt in the area. 

Khoza responded by accusing Steenhuisen of not condemning the racism in Phoenix.

“Why didn’t he come here and stop us himself so that we can put him in his place,” said Khoza.

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