EFF accuses ANC of 'mobilising hooligans'

The party alleges the ANC is behind a plan to disrupt Parliament.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema (L) exchanges words with ANC Youth League national task team member Braam Hanekom (R) on Thursday, 21 August 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has accused the African National Congress (ANC) of mobilising what it calls hooligans in Cape Town's townships to deal with the red berets in Parliament.

Groups of people wearing ANC T-shirts earlier arrived at the National Assembly.

Tensions between the two parties appear to be at all-time high following disruptions in the house last week when President Jacob Zuma was questioned by EFF leader Julius Malema about the Nkandla scandal.

ANC supporters arrived at Parliament singing a song calling for Malema to be shot.

The EFF alleges the ruling party is behind a plan to disrupt Parliament using rent a crowd tactics.

But there were no disruptions to Parliamentary activity.

A number of the ANC supporters attended sittings in the National Assembly and sat quietly in the public gallery during Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's question and answer time.

Some were quick to ask the deputy president to pose for photographs afterwards.

The trouble started when Malema asked Zuma when he would pay back the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla home.

The EFF's Members of Parliament (MPs) clashed with speaker Baleka Mbete and refused to leave the chamber.

Chaos erupted and the house was adjourned before proceedings were cut short.

Parliament is now considering disciplinary action against 25 EFF MPs.


The ANC's National Working Committee said on Tuesday it's curious that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela wrote her Nkandla letter to the president just as Malema was disrupting Parliament.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said there's some evidence of coordination.

Mantashe said the ruling party is deeply worried about how Madonsela's Nkandla letter to the president was leaked to the media.

The public protector sent president Zuma a strongly-worded seven-page letter demanding to know when he will pay back some of the money spent on upgrades at his private Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal and requested his response within 14 days.

Madonsela said Zuma's refusal to adhere to her recommendations could breed a culture of impunity in the state.

The ANC says the advocate's letter undermines Parliament because it claims Zuma did not comply with her Nkandla report when Parliament hasn't yet made a determination.