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Mooiplaats: EFF to attempt second march

EFF and residents wish to march to the Union Buildings after the first attempt was thwarted.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Residents of Mooiplaats in Centurion will try march to the Union Buildings again this morning after their demonstration was cut short by police earlier this week.

Members of Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are heading the march.

Tempers flared when the crowd was prevented from starting their planned march on Tuesday apparently because there was no one available to accept their memorandum of demands.

Police arrested four members of the EFF and opened fire with rubber bullets on demonstrators when they became unruly.

The EFF's Patrick Sindane has accused police of unfairly targeting the party's members because of a bigger political agenda.

"This country is becoming a police state. It's nonsensical that the previous march was deemed an illegal march; that march was legal."

The Tshwane Municipality has moved to ease tensions among residents by assuring them they will soon receive housing and services.

The municipality has been distributing pamphlets at the informal settlement informing residents of their impending relocation to Olievenhoutbos.

The city has promised to move residents to safe, permanent stands where they will eventually be provided with basic services and given land ownership through the issuing of title deeds.