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Anti-Gupta organisations refuse to back down after scuffle with BLF

Members of the BLF confronted civil organisations in defence of the Guptas’ rights to host the event.

Screengrab of a scuffle outside Military Museum between Black First Land First and Save SA members.

JOHANNESBURG - Save SA and Johannesburg Against Injustice say they won’t be intimidated by the Black First Land First Movement (BLF), who appear to be protecting the controversial Gupta family.

Members of the movement confronted the civic action groups during a silent protest outside the military museum in Saxonwold on Saturday, where the Guptas are hosting a week-long religious event.

The Shrimad Bhagwat Katha hosted by the Gupta family started with prayers to Hindu god Krishna in Saxonwold on Saturday.

But outside the premises, members of the BLF confronted civil organisations in defence of the Guptas’ rights to host the event.

But civil organisations say the religious event encourages a selfless life - unlike the Gupta family.

Save SA's Themba Masango said, “We are not intimidated by anybody, we’re not afraid of anybody, we are here and have made our voices heard and we’re going to continue to do so.’

Masango says they want President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family to leave the country.

“We are saying they are no longer welcomed in the country [because] we are not fooled anymore.”

Workers at the museum have told Eyewitness News that the president has made appearances at the annual event and they therefore expect him to attend this year as well.

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