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EFF throws its weight behind Pagad

The EFF has blasted other political parties for not supporting the controversial anti-crime group.

The EFF has blasted other political parties for not supporting Pagad. Picture: Gaeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has blasted other political parties for not supporting People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad).

EFF officials joined the controversial anti-crime group in a protest march in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain on Wednesday night.

EFF Western Cape premier candidate Nazier Paulsen says the EFF and Pagad share the same ideals.

"What Pagad does and what they stand for is exactly what the EFF wants from communities."

Paulsen, together with a handful of EFF members, joined a large group of Tafelsig residents in Pagad's march against gangsterism and drugs.

Several police vehicles kept a close eye on the demonstration which played out without incident.

Mitchells Plain has been the site of recurring alleged gang violence in recent weeks.

In March, two teenagers were killed and two others wounded in shootings in the area.

Meanwhile, Wednesday night was the first time Pagad was given the green light by authorities to embark on an awareness march.

Group members have landed themselves in hot water in the past after orchestrating a string of illegal motorcades throughout the city to highlight their plight.