South Africa 3.7.2014 02:40 pm

‘We will not be pushed around’ – Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema warned on Thursday (3 July 2014) he will mobilise EFF’s supporters for a fight if its members continue to be kicked out of Gauteng legislature.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Thursday issued a stern warning to the ANC for ‘beating up people for wearing workers’ clothes’.

Malema was referring to a scuffle that broke out in the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday when police were called to eject EFF members out of the House. This was after Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe ordered EFF MPLs out of the legislature saying they were dressed inappropriately.

Malema said the province would be bedevilled by instability if his party members were kicked out of the legislature in the future.

“We will not go to court but fight physically. They must not push us because we are not scared of prison – and neither are we scared of death,” Malema said.

He was addressing reporters during a media briefing in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema speaks, 3 July 2014, at a party press conference in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema speaks, 3 July 2014, at a party press conference in Johannesburg. Picture: Michel Bega

Malema said EFF was taking the Gauteng and the Eastern Cape legislatures to court for an urgent interdict to stop them from “expelling” the organisation’s MPLs on the basis of the dress code. An EFF member of the Eastern Cape legislature was reportedly ordered out of the House on the same day for making a “boer” comment.

“If they order our members out of the House again, they will see a different side of us. We love this country but we will never be bossed around. The ANC must not disrupt this country in our name… and it cannot tell us what to do.”

According to Malema, the ANC in Gauteng won the May 7 elections through “shenanigans”. He said EFF decided not to contest the outcomes of the polls because they (EFF) loved South Africa.

 

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