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EFF denies hijacking Mooiplaats protest

Despite complaints, the EFF denies overshadowing a march by Mooiplats residents.

Despite numerous complaints, the EFF denies overshadowing a march by Mooiplats residents.. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have denied trying to hijack to the Mooiplaats community's demonstration despite being asked to back off when the memorandum was handed over.

Several hundred community members supported by the fledgling political party marched to the Union Buildings on Thursday.

Residents of the informal settlement in Centurion have asked the Presidency to provide basic services where they say the Tshwane Municipality has failed to.

Agang South Africa member Makgoka Lekganyane says he was there to support the Mooiplaats community, but was chased away.

"This was a community event. When I went there the guys from EFF pushed me, claiming the march was theirs. But this march was organised by the community of Mooiplaats."

EFF member Umpile Modwe downplayed these complaints and shifted the blame.

"We can have 95 percent of the members be from the EFF, but we'll have one person or two persons belonging to other political organisations, who would also want to have the platform. We did not hijack the march."

Mooiplaats residents have demanded houses, electricity and water services.