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EFF denies burning ANC t-shirts

EFF's Kenny Kunene has accused the ANC of disrupting its meeting with UJ students.

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema announcing the official formation of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), in Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg on11 July 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have denied ripping up ANC t-shirts at the University of Johannesburg's Doornfontein campus on Friday.

Reports that supporters of the movement tore and drove over t-shirts with ANC insignia were strongly denied.

The EFF claims a group of ANC members disrupted their meeting where leader Julius Malema was planning to address students.

It's understood university policy wasn't followed as the movement failed to get approval for the event.

But Kenny Kunene, a member of EFF's national central command team says he saw documents approving the meeting.

He said it was clear there was a political motivation to the event's disruption.

"The ANC came there, gave people t-shirts and those people started being disruptive. The ANC were saying to them, 'wear these t-shirts and disrupt these people, don't allow them to speak to the students'."

Kunene said the ANC was trying to silence the EFF and their supporters.

"It's unfortunate in a democratic South Africa that meetings can be disrupted by the ruling party and it's not right that people should be scared to speak up."