EFF denies vandalising legislature

The EFF's Mgcini Tshwaku says members were peaceful when police opened fire on them.

Members of the EFF protest outside the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, Johannesburg, 22 July 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has denied its members were involved in acts of vandalism at the Gauteng Legislature.

The party has instead accused police of using live ammunition while trying to disperse them from the building.

Chaos broke out yesterday when EFF supporters stormed the building in the Johannesburg CBD breaking glass doors with their bare hands.

They were protesting against the removal of their Members of Provincial Legislature during a sitting earlier this month for wearing red overalls with party insignia.

Police on the other hand denied using live ammunition saying they only fired teargas and rubber bullets.

Speaking on the John Robbie Show on Talk Radio 702, the party's Mgcini Tshwaku said its members are law abiding citizens.

"We were peaceful, we went inside. We didn't break anything and the police were actually beating us."


The Gauteng government has condemned the behaviour of EFF supporters.

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

Moiloa says the party 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 EFF.

Video: EFF storm Gauteng legislature.

Pictures by EWN and Sapa.