Scuffles break out outside IEC offices

Julius Malema handed over the EFF's candidate list and paid the required election deposit.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Scuffles broke out at the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s offices in Centurion when Julius Malema arrived to hand over the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s candidate list and pay a deposit.

Hundreds of supporters accompanied their leader to hand over the list.

The EFF approached the courts last week to try and challenge the required R600,000 registration fee, but the application was turned down on Tuesday by Judge Joseph Raulinga.

He ruled the application by the leftist party wasn't urgent and dismissed the matter with costs, meaning the party will have to pay the state's legal fees.

The party argued the deposit was unconstitutional as the fees were designed to exclude poor people.

Wednesday's handover wasn't without its share of drama.

A scuffle broke out between Malema and a police officer who was trying to control the crowd.

The EFF leader was allowed to enter the building carrying three boxes with the candidate list.

He told journalists outside that he and other members had a sleepless night trying to come up with the required fee to contest the 7 May polls.

"We didn't sleep. We had to run all over asking for this or that type of intervention. Our members responded positively."

EFF says it will announce its top 10 candidates on the national list, its provincial premier candidates as well as political parties it says will join the EFF.

That announcement will be made in two weeks.