EFF hits back at AfriForum after 'assault' claims

The EFF says the organisation is acting like a lynch mob, defending racists.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has hit back at civil rights group AfriForum, calling the charges they've laid against the party's leader Julius Malema an attempt to protect racism in South Africa.

Earlier today, CCTV footage was released by the group showing Malema pushing and shoving Cassie Moller in a Tzaneen restaurant.

Charges of intimidation, assault and crimen injuria were also laid against Malema over the August incident.

In a statement released by the EFF, party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi slams AfriForum, saying the organisation is acting like a lynch mob, defending racists.

Ndlozi defended Malema claiming that Moller was intoxicated while swearing and hurling racial insults at employees who were allegedly taking too long to prepare their food.

However, AfriForum's Ernst Roets maintains Moller is the victim.

"He said to us he felt very humiliated and threatened by the incident, that he didn't know what to do and at that moment really feared for his safety.