EFF: We heard huge bangs

EFF maintains police used live ammo during a scuffle at the Gauteng Legislature.

Economic Freedom Fighters push their way past policemen into the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in Johannesburg during a protest march 22 July 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members have accused police of using live ammunition when attempting to disperse the crowd from the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in the Johannesburg CBD yesterday.

However, police have denied this, saying only rubber bullets were fired.

But party leader Julius Malema, speaking live on eNCA, said he believed live ammunition was also used.

In an article on its website, the news channel then quoted police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini as saying, "Live ammo and stun grenades were fired when the crowed got out of control."

However, speaking to Eyewitness News , Dlamini said only rubber bullets were fired and that live ammunition was not used.

"There was a scuffle between the police and the followers of Mr Malema and police had to fire rubber bullets and stun grenades," he said

EFF supporters were protesting after their members were told to leave the house earlier this month because of what they were wearing.

Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe had ordered police to remove the members due to slogans on their overalls allegedly contravening house rules.

EFF members stormed into the building, breaking glass doors with their bare hands and damaging state property.

The party's Mandisa Mashego says while she was inside, she was told that one of their members had been intimidated by an armed policeman.

"We heard huge explosions and one of our fighters was confronted with a huge rifle."

Several injuries have been reported by the EFF while Dlamini says police officials reported some slight injuries sustained during the scuffle.

He adds that no arrests have been made but the police will be opening a case of public violence and malicious damage to property.

Damage was done to the legislature building itself as well as property in the surrounding area.


The Gauteng government has condemned the behaviour of EFF supporters who stormed the provincial legislature yesterday damaging state property.

The legislature's Uhuru Moiloa described yesterday's behaviour as despicable and disgusting.

Moiloa says the EFF is not fit to take part in the country's governance.

"South Africans have to see the party for what it is - a bunch of hooligans who don't belong in government."

He added they have laid a charge of malicious damage to property against the party.

Video: EFF storm Gauteng Legislature.

All pictures by EWN.