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EFF blames govt for recurring protests

The party says protests are symptoms of government's failure to restore black people's dignity.

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.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says recurring protests are symptoms of government's failure to restore black people's dignity.

The statement comes after party leader Julius Malema told TV news network Al Jazeera when his party's patience runs out, they'll remove government "through the barrel of a gun".

In the Al Jazeera interview, the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Malema was asked what he meant by taking up arms.

"He said 'literally', I mean literally, the barrel of a gun."

Ndlozi says people should be afforded the right to protest without being intimidated or shot at by police.

"Each time people protest, each time they demand services, you go and kill them. If you do that, you must know we will be prepared to take up arms."

The Al Jazeera interview with Malema is expected to be aired today.

The party has warned of potential conflict if the upcoming local government elections are rigged.

It has accused the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng of rigging the 2014 general elections.

It has warned of radical consequences should this happen again.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says they're not scared of conflict.

"Are we not scared of a civil war in the defence of our revolution? No we're not."

Ndlozi says they're prepared to react if provoked.