National 19.8.2016 11:55 am

EFF leader receives death threat

EFF leader Julius Malema speaks during the party's media conference regarding coalitions on August 17, 2016 in Alexandra, South Africa. The EFF announced that it will not form coalitions with other parties but would vote for the DA in the big cities. (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Felix Dlangamandla)

EFF leader Julius Malema speaks during the party's media conference regarding coalitions on August 17, 2016 in Alexandra, South Africa. The EFF announced that it will not form coalitions with other parties but would vote for the DA in the big cities. (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Felix Dlangamandla)

In the wake of a DA councillor being shot dead on Thursday night, the EFF says it’s also getting death threats.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has warned “fighters” to keep safe from political assassinations.

This after the party’s provincial secretary in the Free State, Mandisa Makesini, received death threats. He did not name her but mentioned her position. Malema says she received an anonymous phone call warning her to wear a bulletproof vest.

“Fighters please be safe,the EFF Free State provincial secretary received an anonymous phone call warning her to buy a bullet proof.#Asijiki,” said Malema on Twitter.

The DA had one of its councillors gunned down on Thursday in what it alleges was a political assassination.

Following the results of the local government election where no political party got an outright majority, the EFF said it would “go into coalition with the people” and not the DA, but voted for the party in solidarity against the ANC. This move by the new kids on the block dealt the ANC a serious blow, seeing the ruling party losing long-held metros Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay.

“The EFF will not go into coalition with any party but we’ll vote for DA in Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Mandela Bay,” said Malema.

The DA councillor in the Northern Cape was allegedly assassinated following the party’s victorius performance in the local government elections.

According to reports, Johannes Baaitjies was found lying on his face on the main road between Danielskuil and Postmasburg on Thursday. He was shot twice in the head and once in the upper body, and dragged a distance before being dumped.

It is alleged that Baaitjies received death threats shortly after winning Ward 2 in Danielskuil on August 3rd 2016, successfully wrestling it away from the ANC.

Baaitjies was meant to be officially sworn in to council at the Kgatelopele municipality.

“The DA vehemently denounces any kind of prejudice and criminal activity based on political affiliation. The DA will not allow cowardly acts committed by faceless thugs to derail us from our efforts to govern in order to stamp out corruption, create jobs and deliver services to bring the change that moves South Africa forward again,” the party said in a statement.

“The council is now officially a hung council, but the DA will contest the upcoming by-election for Ward 2. This time, we will work even harder to ensure that we take it with an increased majority. We will do this in remembrance of Johannes Baaitjies and we will do this for the people of Danielskuil who deserve better.

“The DA calls on the police to ensure that those responsible for the murder of Baaitjies are speedily brought to book.

“The DA extends our heartfelt condolences to Baaitjies’ wife and three sons, as well as his extended family who he has sadly left behind. He will be sorely missed and it will not be easy finding someone of his capabilities to fill the gap that he has left.”

 

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