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EFF demands release of all political prisoners

The party says it will bring the streets of Gauteng to a halt if its requests are not met.

FILE: Thousands of EFF members at the Olympia Stadium in Rustenburg celebrate the party's second birthday. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng have threatened to bring the province to a standstill with mass action if all political prisoners are not released.

The EFF is campaigning for the release of Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) activist Kenny Motsomai and his comrades, many of whom remain behind bars after being arrested during apartheid.

Motsomai was jailed for killing a white traffic officer during a so-called politically motivated robbery 26 years ago.

The EFF said government had previously promised to release him, along with other members of the Azanian People's Liberation Army, the PAC's military wing.

EFF Gauteng spokesperson Ntobeng Ntobeng said, "We're calling for the minister of correctional services to take decisive action. Failure to do so will result in a total halt of Gauteng. We'll have to take it to the streets.

"If you know an EFF march, you'll know that when we say we take it to the streets, we mean literally the streets of Gauteng will come to a standstill."