EFF: No-go areas should not exist

Julius Malema and others from his party were threatened during the visit in the East Rand yesterday.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema at the Sethokga hostel, Tembisa. Picture: Twitter: @EFFSouthAfrica.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it believes it was necessary to visit the hostel in Tembisa where two of its members were killed earlier this year during a political campaign.

Julius Malema and others from his party were threatened during the visit in the East Rand yesterday.

It's understood the area is an African National Congress (ANC) stronghold.

Police were brought in to quell a standoff between members of the opposing parties.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says they wanted to see where their members had been killed when they were attacked by a group carrying knobkerries and spears.

"It must be dismissed as irresponsible. You cannot, in a situation where there are constitutional rights of the people for the freedom of movement, have an area in the country that is declared a no-go area for anybody. The question is not about going there knowing very well it is a no-go area. The question is whether it's legitimate to have no-go area?"



Yesterday, the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department's (EMPD) Wilfred Kgasago said, "Apparently the incident happened last month. Sethokga hostel inmates say a confrontation nearly happened, but the EMPD and South African Police Service quelled the situation."