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EFF slams police over election related violence

The red berets say the police need to rethink the manner in which they deal with election related violence.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says South African police need to rethink the manner in which they deal with election related violence following the interruption of a gathering in KwaZulu-Natal.

Yesterday, police in eSikhawini fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd believed to be African National Congress (ANC) supporters, who pelted EFF members with rocks.

The red berets were gathering in the area for an address by party leader Julius Malema.

The EFF says it's concerning that no arrests were made despite the violence being carried out in front of police.

Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says he believes the EFF is not being given the protection it needs.

"We don't know of any arrests that have been made, which is another problem. But when others are undermining our freedom of assembly, there are no arrests. How do you break a constitutional law in front of the police and they don't arrest you? How do you do that?"

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