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EFF denies Twitter rape claim

The EFF have denied that Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is facing a charge of rape following an incident in Bloemfontein.

FILE: EFF spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (L) speaks to Julius Malema at the party's official launch at Marikana. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has denied claims that its spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is facing a charge of rape following an incident at the party's elective conference in Bloemfontein last month.

The allegation surfaced on Saturday on a Twitter account called @ANC_Branch, but the account has since been deactivated.

Acting spokesperson Fana Mokoena says Ndlozi is on study leave at the moment.

"The fact that this African National Congress (ANC) Twitter branch which levelled these allegations against him has now been deactivated is evidence to us that these are cowards who was trying to tarnish the image of a young man who has a great future ahead of him."

Social media has been alive with reaction to the allegations by the Twitter account with many speculating about the authenticity of the rape claims.

Good riddance. RT @sboshmafu: RIP to that @ANC_BRANCH account. Ran rampant on these streets for far too long.

And just like that, the @ANC_BRANCH account that posted rape accusations against Senior #EFF member has vanished ... Magic! @MyANC_

That ANC Branch account should have deactivated ages ago, many people believed its was an official ANC account, it did more harm than good!

That the @ANC_Branch account no longer exists does not necessarily mean the rape allegations were *entirely fabricated.

EFF says they will go to court to seek compensation for the Mbuyiseni Ndlozi allegations made by the @ANC_BRANCH account.