A Limpopo Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member has accused the party’s provincial secretary, Jossey Buthane, of attacking her during the party’s meeting at Jane Furse in Sekhukhune on Saturday.
Taking to its Facebook page on Monday, EFF Apel Branch Fetakgomo confirmed that a case of assault was yesterday opened against the leader at Jane Furse Police Station.
“We are not happy about Jossey’s behavior,” it said.
Spokesperson of SAPS Limpopo Moatse Ngoepe also confirmed to the party they were looking for the suspect in relation to two cases of assault with intention to cause grievous bodily harm opened against him by victims following the meeting on Saturday.
“The suspect who displayed bravery and macho character on Saturday is still at large. Kindly notify the nearest police station and please don’t try anything, as the man is dangerous and possesses Rambo skills,” the party said.
Speaking to The Sowetan, the 27-year-old woman, who refused to be named for fear of further victimisation, alleged that she was humiliated after Buthane pulled her by her shirt and exposed her breasts for all to see.
She said there was a scuffle when they arrived at the meeting, with some members being thrown out at Buthane’s instruction. This is when Buthane allegedly attacked and punched her as she was trying to get away from him. He allegedly also attacked another female leader, who later claimed she did not know why she was a target.
Buthane told the publication the allegations were false, further saying he was not aware that a case had been opened against him.
The party in the province has, however, been criticised by its followers for sharing the picture of the woman on social media. Though some said the EFF leader should be dealt with, they asserted that the party should be dealing with the matter internally, instead of “advertising” it on social media.
“Ill-discipline of you to advertise this on social media,any illegal activity should be reported to the police station ofcause…but for you to do this on social media,you are decapaigning the organisation,it is advisable for to delete the post [sic],” said one Fighter, Mpho Mokgola.