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EFF will not tolerate disruptions to people's assembly

This despite former EFF members in Gauteng vowing to disrupt the meeting.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is seen leaving Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, 21 August 2014 with EFF MPs. Picture: Sapa.

BLOEMFONTEIN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has warned it will not tolerate any disruptions to its National People's Assembly beginning in Bloemfontein tomorrow and says it has already hired more security to ensure the conference proceeds as planned.

This despite former EFF members in Gauteng vowing to disrupt the meeting after alleging they had been forced out of the party for intending to contest elections.

Tomorrow's opening will include an address by the EFF's commander in chief Julius Malema as well as nominations and voting for national leadership.

EFF security, dressed in red overalls with pepper spray, batons and riot gear have already started lining the entrance of the accreditation centre in Bloemfontein.

Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says security will ensure the party is able to continue with every item on the assembly schedule without violence or disruptions.

"Should anybody come with disruptions they are going to be dealt with decisively, we will never allow anyone to undermine our right to freedom of assembly. Security is in place."

The EFF rules state delegates will not be allowed to drink alcohol at the venue or bring any weapons on the campus where the assembly will be held.