Fighters again accuse ANC of sabotage

The EFF says the ANC’s short notice decision to move its conference to Bloem is the latest attempt.

EFF leader Julius Malema is joined in song by his party's leadership during the EFF's Assembly at the Free State University in Bloemfontein, Sunday 14 December 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has once again accused the ANC of trying to use state institutions to stifle its growth and says its short notice decision to move its conference to Bloemfontein is the latest in a string of attempts to prevent the party from organising its members.

The EFF National People's Assembly got underway at the University of The Free State today after the Vaal University of Technology said the campus would not be made available to the party.

Two thousand delegates from across the country have converged and among the guests in attendance are international organisations in solidarity with Palestine and other leftist groups.

Watch: Malema's opening address at the EFF assembly.

The EFF has subsequently accused Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande of ordering the Vaal University to prevent them from meeting there while the red berets have thanked the Free State University for being brave enough to host its conference.

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu says the t-shirts were already printed with the assumption that the conference would happen in the Vaal.

He applauded the Free State University's decision to step in at the last minute saying the leaders displayed bravery.

"The university of the Free State is a courageous university which we should appreciate at all times because they are not scared of anyone.

The vice rector of the university Dr Kelebogile Makheta says the EFF paid all costs before the event started and the institution will never pick political sides.

"If the venues are available, the academic project is not affected. If you are prepared to pay, we go ahead."

The Vaal institution has denied that it blocked the EFF due to political influence, saying the students had not yet completed exams.

Earlier today Malema launched a scathing attack on EFF members who "join the party for positions or to settle scores from their previous organisation."

Malema also told a story on anarchy in the Western Cape, illustrative of his hard hand when dealing with dissent.