The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has had enough rain of insults and violence launched against it by hostile political parties.
According to the opposition party, it would no longer zip its lips in the face of the numerous attacks on its members and supporters.
Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told reporters that the party had faced violence and intimidation in parts of the country during its campaigning for the August 3 elections.
Ndlozi said, “the only party that is receiving violence is really the Economic Freedom Fighters. We have seen in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal that the ANC has grown very intolerant and that intolerance is being expressed with gunshots and physical violence.
Ndlozi therefore called on the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) to go after violent political parties in order to have free and fair election and not to get only involved in political affairs on the D-day.
Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi Demands Justice
Not only that, the EFF mouth piece demanded that appropriate action be taken against those who recently launched attacks on its members.
“It can’t just sit comfortably in these air-conditioned offices and hope the elections out there will be free and fair. They have to have observers, file cases and go for those people who are violating people’s freedom of assembly, people’s freedom of expression,” he said.
Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s assertions were necessitated by the recent attacks on EFF members and party supporters. Hours ago, an alleged ANC member shot an EFF member on her leg when woman was distributing flyers at a Polokwane taxi rank.
Last Sunday, EFF president Julius Malema’s movement was impeded by ANC supporters who barricaded a road leading to his event center in Pietermaritzburg with burning tyres and rocks a road.
Lately also, in Mpumalanga, EFF marshal Senzo Thwala was shot in the leg when he tried to prevent a man donning an ANC T-shirt from entering the KaMaqhekeza stadium in KaMaqhekeza (formerly Naas) outside Komatipoort.
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In reply, Deputy IEC chairperson Terry Tselane said it is SA’s landscape and atmosphere that could grantee free and conducive election, as violence, protests ruin elections. Hence, the only way to address issues would be through dialogue.
Tselane however added that violent protests and the murders of people wanting to contest the elections had raised serious questions, both calamitous acts need to be stopped before they got out of control.