Citizen Reporter
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17 Jul 2015
3:11 pm

ANC councillor denied bail after ‘attacking’ EFF members

Citizen Reporter

The Rusternburg Magistrates’ Court has rejected a bail application by an ANC councillor in Rusternburg after he allegedly led a mob of ANC members to attack Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members.

FILE PIC: Members and supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Picture: Michel Bega

This attack is said to have left cars belonging to EFF members damaged.

“They attempted to declare Ward 22 of Rusternburg a No-Go-Area for the EFF using intimidation and violence,” the statement read.

“State prosecutors argued that these hooligans must not receive any bail as the safety of the anniversary preparations cannot be guaranteed. They argued that the criminal conduct of ANC hooligans borders on political intolerance.”

The councillor will be remanded in custody until the resumption of the hearing on 22 August 2015. The EFF has hailed the court outcome, saying it is testimony that political intolerance and violence has no place in democratic South Africa.

“No one has any right to undermine the political freedoms of others by using violence and intimidation.

“The EFF will therefore celebrate its Second Anniversary knowing that hooligans who cannot accept political contestation are behind bars on the 25 July 2015,” the party said.

The EFF has further accused Blade Nzimande of inciting violence, saying his actions cannot undermine the rule of law.

“Blade Nzimande must rest assured that EFF is here to stay and we are not afraid of him, his SACP and associated leagues.

“The EFF reiterates that Rusternburg is the home of the EFF and there shall be no place, ward or section declared a No-Go-Area for the EFF. We are the future and no one can stop us.”