National 23.8.2016 09:04 am

EFF accused of selling out to ‘apartheid party’

RUCKUS. EFF members outside City Hall in Johannesburg yesterday, where newly elected councillors were
sworn in. Picture: Refilwe Modise

RUCKUS. EFF members outside City Hall in Johannesburg yesterday, where newly elected councillors were sworn in. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Joburg’s first council meeting after the local government elections showed possible signs of division within the EFF.

Joburg’s first council meeting after the local government elections showed possible signs of division within the EFF when a group of protesters showed up at the City Hall entrance, saying the party’s leadership had “sold them out” to the DA.

At least with the ANC we can get rid of Zuma, but to sell us to the apartheid party is unacceptable.

The group, in red T-shirts, had an old South African flag, with the word #effsoldout. Speaking to The Citizen, one of the protesters said the group was instructed not to speak to media.

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He said they were members of the party, but were not happy with the EFF leadership’s decision to vote with the DA. He said the ANC would have been a better choice. “At least with the ANC we can get rid of Zuma, but to sell us to the apartheid party is unacceptable,” he said.

None of the 50-odd protesters would divulge who had instructed them to take action. EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi could not be reached for comment.

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Shortly after the commotion EFF accused of selling out to ‘apartheid party’ by EFF protesters at the entrance, police locked the doors, leaving scores of irritated supporters hoping to attend the meeting outside.

More EFF drama ensued inside City Hall after several of the party’s councillors insisted on displaying their ballot papers during the process of voting for a speaker, a mayor and a chief whip.

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