IEC probes alleged acts of disruption by ANC members at EFF rallies

The commission says it's looking into incidents that took place in Mpumalanga last week.

FILE: Inkatha Freedom Party members come on stage in a sign of political tolerance for the Economic Freedom Fighters. Picture: Twitter @EFFSouthAfrica.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has confirmed it has received complaints from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) about African National Congress (ANC) supporters disrupting party gatherings.

The commission says it is looking into incidents that took place in Mpumalanga last week.

An EFF supporter was shot and injured in the leg when he allegedly tried to stop a man believed to have been wearing an ANC t-shirt from entering a stadium last week Tuesday.

The commission's Sy Mamabolo says, "The commission is looking at those complaints and has asked the ANC for comments, but they are being looked into and certain decisions would have to be taken depending on the outcome of the initial preliminary processes."

Meanwhile, days after that incident, armed police had to separate ANC and EFF groups during Julius Malema's visit to the Esikhawini Shopping Centre in KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend.

Last week, the EFF said its members have been attacked in different parts of the country twice this week, while last week the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni said two of its meetings were disrupted.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said wherever they go, they are attacked by ANC members.

"They're there, the ANC people disrupting our meetings. They had blocked roads with burning tyres, to refuse us access to the communities so that we're unable to campaign freely and fairly."

But the ANC's Khulesa Sangoni said the EFF is not innocent here.

"Whether indeed they are members of the ANC - that must be proven, because we also know of instances where members of the EFF and other political parties go around dressing in ANC regalia."