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EFF’s Julius Mdluli opens criminal case against officer

Julius Mdluli claims he was manhandled by a police officer on duty at the Gauteng Legislature.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Julius Mdluli. Picture: Julius Mdluli Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - A provincial Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader has opened a criminal case against a police officer for allegedly manhandling him at the Gauteng Legislature.

Julius Mdluli claims he was manhandled by a police officer on duty at the Legislature, while he was taking pictures for the party in the public gallery on Friday.

The party's provincial leaders say they are facing an "onslaught" and have accused the ANC in the legislature of trying to silence them.

The party's Mandisa Mashego says, "We are convinced there is such an onslaught. Obviously they are intimidated by the fact that we have vigorously and vigilantly expressed our views, opinions and ideology and policy of the EFF throughout proceedings and as far as possible.

"The collapse and the bankruptcy of the ANC caucus is what is leading them to use fear tactics. They are trying to intimidate us to try stop us from scrutinising what they do."

Meanwhile, EFF leader Julius Malema and 11 fellow MPs have been suspended from Parliament for between 14 and 30 days without pay.

Another eight MPs will have to make apologies in the house and forfeit two weeks' salary.

This was the outcome of the National Assembly sitting on Thursday night which adopted a report finding them guilty as charged for disrupting president Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in the house in August, when chanting "pay back the money" over spending on Nkandla.

The party is now set to go to court over the matter.