SACP accuses EFF of trying to hijack Solomon Mahlangu's legacy

Julius Malema unveiled the EFF's election campaign trucks at the Solomon Mahlangu rally on Saturday.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses the media following the Constitutional Court's ruling that President Jacob Zuma must pay back some of the money spent on upgrades to his Nkandla homestead. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng says it believes the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) should apologise to Solomon Mahlangu's family for holding a public address in his honour, without the family's approval.

The communist party has accused the EFF of trying to hijack Mahlangu's legacy and says the red berets have nothing in common with the late Umkhonto we Sizwe operative.

On Saturday, EFF leader Julius Malema unveiled the party's election campaign trucks at the Solomon Mahlangu rally in Pretoria.

On Friday, an application by Mahlangu's family to have the rally interdicted was dismissed by the High Court in Pretoria.

Provincial SACP Secretary Jacob Mamabolo says the EFF was wrong to go ahead with the event.

"At the heart of their election rally was nothing but to use comrade Solomon Mahlangu's name for their narrow election political interests and we're deeply concerned that this has hurt the family."