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EFF gives Minister Motshekga 7 days to close schools

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has given Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga seven days to shut down schools over fears of rising COVID-19 cases amongst learners or it will take matters into its own hands.

Its leader Julius Malema during a media briefing at the party’s offices on Thursday afternoon questioned the whereabouts of Motshekga, claiming she had been absent from key events including the release of matric results.

Motshekga – who was present during the announcement in February – had contracted COVID-19 at the beginning of the year.

The EFF leader also alluded to the minister being down with cancer, but she is on the job and is expected to visit and inspect schools in Limpopo on Friday.

Malema’s threat comes as South Africa finds itself in the grips of a third wave of the pandemic.

“Schools must close, and the must close with immediate effect because our children are going to die. We give the minister seven days to close schools, failure to do so, we’ll have to close schools ourselves as the EFF.”

Using his own experience with his children, the EFF’s commander in chief said all three had been turned back from schooling due to their own classmates contracting the virus.

Malema also called on private schools to lead in the calling off learning – saying children had become recent victims of the pandemic and that the EFF would not allow them to die on its watch.

EFF slams Ramaphosa’s lifting of alcohol ban

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has taken issue with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of lifting the alcohol ban, implying that he is merely bowing to pressure from the sector.

“The reopening of alcohol distribution and sale is reckless and Ramaphosa is doing so to please the alcohol manufacturing capitalist establishment, which has been threatening our country with disinvestment due to the correct decision to curtail the free flow of alcohol,” the EFF said.

South African Breweries (SAB) had announced earlier in January 2021, in light of the alcohol ban, that it was pulling investments worth R2.5 billion in the country.

As of Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption will be permitted from Mondays to Thursdays, from 10:00 to 18:00.

“Duty-free shops, registered wineries, wine farms, micro-breweries and micro-distilleries will be able to sell alcohol for off-site consumption during their normal licensed operating hours. The sale of alcohol by licensed premises for on-site consumption – such as restaurants and taverns – will be permitted throughout the week from 10am to 10pm,” Ramaphosa had announced.

The decision to remove the alcohol ban is undoubtedly a welcome relief for the sector, which had long called on government to allow the sale of booze, as the economic impact had led to the loss of 165 000 jobs.

The EFF is also unimpressed with the fact that the first batch of one million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine landed in the country, something which government has described as an achievement.

“Ramaphosa opens the sale of alcohol on the day a meagre 1 million doses of vaccine arrive in South Africa as if that is enough to insulate more than 58 million people living in South Africa. 1 million doses are not even a drop in an ocean of 58 million people, particularly with the unreliability and undependability of Ramaphosa’s administration to fulfill its commitments,” the EFF further said.

The party has also expressed some skepticism and concern surrounding the COVID-19 vaccination plans, particularly as they pertain to other provinces.

“Gauging by how provincial governments misappropriated funds meant for PPEs and the expansion of the healthcare system, it is a foregone conclusion that vaccines under the control of provincial governments, will not serve the intended purpose”

EFF’s Ndlozi to file criminal charges against Bheki Cele

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Bheki Cele – two controversial politicians from opposing parties – are set for a legal battle in Pretoria, after the EFF Commissar revealed that he would be filing a set of criminal charges against the ANC Minister.

The details were confirmed via a statement issued on Sunday. It follows a turbulent month for the hat-donning politician, who has received criticism for his beach visits and curfew directives. The party communication explains the following…

  • The EFF representative will file charges against Bheki Cele at midday on Monday 11 January.
  • There will be two charges for the police minister to face: Political interference, and defeating the ends of justice.
  • Ndlozi and his entourage are expected to register their complaints at the Sunnyside Police Station in Pretoria.

The reason for these two charges is because Ndlozi and the rest of the EFF’s hierarchy are upset with developments from the Gauteng North High Court. A recent ruling revealed that Bheki Cele ‘tried to halt the suspension’ of a probe into the allegedly fraudulent acquisition of PPE. This, according to the Red Berets, is a gross abuse of power from the minister.

“Following the Gauteng North High Court Ruling which cited Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, as having tried to halt the suspension of Lt-Gen Peter Jacobs’ investigation into the fraudulent acquisition of PPEs in Crime Intelligence, Commissar Mbuyiseni Ndlozi will open a case of political interference and defeating the ends of justice.”

EFF statement on the filing of charges against Bheki Cele, the current serving police minister

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SA Headed for Civil War as EFF Vows to Overthrow ANC Government

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have stated that should alleged voter fraud not be urgently addressed, and corruption rooted out of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), they are prepared to forgo the electoral process and overthrow the ANC government. 

The latest remarks by the infamous Malema party, were made in a statement on Wednesday 9 December after  IEC officials were arrested in connection with allegations made by the EFF that their own “party agents” had caught the officials tampering with the municipal elections held in November.

“No other choice but to conduct a militant struggle to overthrow a despotic and corrupt regime of criminals”

The EFF stated that they would have “no other choice but to conduct a militant struggle to overthrow a despotic and corrupt regime of criminals” should the IEC not be drained of corruption. The EFF alleged that the individuals responsible had been commissioned by the African National Congress (ANC) to carry out the fraud.

In a statement The EFF said  that the arrest of three people caught tampering with votes in fraudulently voting in ward 15, Nkomazi municipality, was welcomed.

“These individuals, who do not reside in ward 15, were part of the contingent that has been bussed in by the ANC to steal electoral power.”

The allegations made by the party have been referred to the South African Police Service (SAPS), and more information will be provided as the events progresses.

“It is a common trend that the EFF has long pointed out, and places the ANC in a generation of failed liberation movements that undermine democracy in power,” the party said.

Arrests included the detaining of a presiding officer, a zip-zip scanner controller and a voters roll station controller. The EFF suspect that fraud has been happening since the opening of the station, “effectively meaning that the election process in Nkomazi has been compromised”.

The EFF believes that the IEC is captured by “corrupt and partisan individuals” and said that they are working with the ANC to rig elections.

“This incident revealed that the Local Government Elections in 2021 must be closely monitored as the ruling party is willing to do anything to retain power,” they said, demanding an explanation of what exactly happened in Nkomazi.

The EFF vowed that should the IEC not do its utmost to ensure free and fair elections, they would pursue other, more militant, avenues through which to contest the ruling party.

“It must be noted that we took a resolution to contest political power by any means necessary, and the electoral process is one such avenue. However, if the IEC does not conduct free and fair elections, the EFF will have no other choice but to conduct a militant struggle to overthrow a despotic and corrupt regime of criminals.”

No Evidence of Racism at Brackenfell High

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has reportedly found no evidence of racism at Brackenfell High School, which was recently in the news after violence erupted following allegations of racism.

According to eNCA, the department’s preliminary report has cleared the school of racism and did not find any evidence to suggest that racism was a problem at the school.  Violent clashes between the EFF, Parents and residents of the area was dispersed when police was forced to use water canons and stun grenades.  

 

The details are still not clear at the moment but MEC Debbie Schafer said that report would be released soon.

 

The school insisted that it was not part of the arrangement of an alleged ‘whites only’ matric ball which sparked the initial outrage even though the event was attended by two teachers at the school.

Has Malema gone too far this time?

Bheki Cele, the Police Minister, on Wednesday said that he was not convinced that Julius Malema’s remarks, as the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were taken out of context, despite claims to the contrary.  Malema addressed supporters in the Free State on Sunday and made several threats against the SAPS.  “If South African police want a fight, they must declare it. We will treat them the same way we treated them in the 80s, we will not only fight them at the picket lines, we will go to their homes and fight them in their own houses with their own families…we will come for you one by one at your own comfort zone,” Malema was quoted as saying.

The comments were in response to violent scenes that played out during an anti-racism protest outside Brackenfell High School in Cape Town after an alleged ‘Whites Only’ matric ball.

Members and leaders of the red berets said that the minister was taking the remarks out of context, but Cele warned that there would be consequences against anyone who acted against police officers or their family members. “As a political organisation, the EFF and its leader have every right to express their views on the government of the day. However, the threat to the lives of the police, their loved ones, and their homes won’t be tolerated or allowed to happen,” said Cele in a statement.

AfriForum and Solidarity have lodged a criminal complaint against Malema for his comments, saying that more than 1,000 officers had reported their concerns after his threats.

“It is clear that Malema still believes that he is above the law. The reason why Malema makes these remarks in the first place is that to date there have been no consequences for all the previous incidents where he openly incited violence. If the police do not take this matter with the necessary seriousness, Malema will see it as a confirmation that he is indeed above the law,” said Ernst Roets, AfriForum’s head of policy and action,  in a statement.

Julius Malema hit with three criminal charges filed by AfriForum

Another battle between Julius Malema and AfriForum looms over the horizon this week, as the lobby group opened several cases against the EFF leader. It was confirmed on Wednesday that the legal paperwork had been filed successfully.

Malema caused nationwide outrage when he called for his supporters to ‘fight with police officers in their homes’. The statement drew the anger of Police Minister Bheki Cele, who claimed that the 39-year-old had ‘crossed the line’. AfriForum are in staunch agreement, and lodged three separate criminal charges against the political firebrand:

  • A charge of libel was filed first.
  • Conspiracy to incident violence has been registered, too.
  • AfriForum also seek criminal charges against Malema for assault by means of threats.

A statement was released by AfriForum on Wednesday morning after their application was supported by the trade union Solidarity. The group says they have received complaints from 1 000 police officers, who approached them with concerns about threatening remarks made by Mr. Malema. Ernst Roets believes this case must show Juju ‘he is not above the law’.

“Today, we lodged criminal charges of libel, conspiracy to incite violence, and assault by means of threats at the Lyttelton police station against Julius Malema, leader of the EFF. It is clear that Malema still believes that he is above the law.”

“The reason why Malema makes these remarks in the first place is that to date there have been no consequences for all the previous incidents where he openly incited violence. If the police do not take this matter with the necessary seriousness, Malema will see it as a confirmation that he is indeed above the law.”

Ernst Roets, Head of Policy for AfriForum

The Missing EFF Red Beret

The EFF is desperately searching for a red beret nicked off a party member during a Brackenfell High school protest that turned violent earlier this month. The EFF protested for a second time against alleged racism outside the school on Friday after reports of a whites-only matric masquerade ball last month.  In the protest, a man was caught on camera grabbing a party member’s hat during heated confrontations between the EFF, residents and school parents.

The party has now called for the man who allegedly stole the beret to return it, saying it would embark on a door-to-door campaign if he did not do so. “We further reiterate the call for the terrorist Johann Spies to return the beret of the EFF, or the EFF will conduct a door-to-door campaign in Brackenfell to retrieve our symbolic mark of resistance ourselves,” said the party.

Brackenfell ward councillor Rhynhardt Bresler said he did not believe that the red beret was in Brackenfell anymore. “I heard about it in the previous incident, I believe there was a red beret taken. I believe that was one of the reasons they came yesterday, it was said that they were going to come back to search this red beret but that is all I know about it. I don’t think it’s in Brackenfell at all,” he said.

“Most of the people that were involved in that first incident were not from Brackenfell, it was people from outside, so-called ‘supporters of Brackenfell’ community that were involved in the previous protest. I don’t think its in Brackenfell at all,” Bresler added.

Police presence expected at Brackenfell High School

The EFF is expected to gather at Brackenfell High School on Friday, with law enforcement, neighbourhood watch, CPF members, education officials and the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) monitoring events.

The party has been granted permission to protest outside the school from noon. This was after racially charged violence broke out when EFF members who were peacefully protesting against an alleged whites-only private matric dance event, were attacked last week.

The provincial Education Department on Thursday confirmed that the school would be open but may close earlier than normal and exams, other than for matrics, would be re-scheduled.

The EFF had cancelled a meeting with education MEC Debbie Schäfer on Thursday, saying they were busy preparing for Friday’s protest.

EFF provincial spokesperson Wandile Kasibe said the party had written to Schäfer some time ago asking to meet to discuss the matter.’’

He claimed it was only after notices of the protest were shared on social media that she apparently agreed to meet.

“We are going to Brackenfell. We will be picketing and handing over a memorandum, following all (Covid-19) protocols,” he said.

Schäfer said: “It is very clear that the EFF is not interested in discussing and resolving their concerns. Their only intent is to intimidate and disrupt schooling.”

The City said it had convened an urgent meeting with the police and other law-enforcement authorities following the receipt of a sworn affidavit from education authorities expressing “concerns of violence and intimidation” related to the planned protest.

“The SAPS have committed to a high policing presence in the Brackenfell area, reporting that a comprehensive operational plan had been settled between the SAPS, metro police, law enforcement and traffic, along with the relevant CPFs and Neighbourhood Watch.

“As with other large protests, the SAPS and metro police video units will be present to record the events and incidents, to assist in prosecutions.” They called for people to avoid the area.

The SAHRC, meanwhile, said it was involved in numerous investigations around recent allegations that had emerged from the school.

EFF Disrupts and Intimidate

Debbie Schäfer the Western Cape Education MEC  has accused Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of not being interested in resolving concerns over alleged racism at Brackenfell High School. The EFF cancelled a scheduled meeting with provincial education officials that was intended to find resolutions without disruption. EFF supporters are expected to protest outside Brackenfell High School on Friday.  Schäfer said that the Freedom Fighters had only one goal – Intimidate and disrupt schooling.  The EFF undertake to protest peacefully and not disrupt the exams.

Schäfer said that her office was aware of EFF leaders making repeated threats of violence on social media and on radio and extensive preparations by the police were being made ahead of tomorrow’s protest in the event of the protests turning violent.  The protests erupted after a private function was allegedly a “whites only” matric farewell.  The EFF is yet to respond to requests for comment on preparations for Friday.

A Positive Action Campaign (PAC) protest in Brackenfell is also currently under investigation by police. PAC supporters gathered in the neighbourhood on Wednesday to protest against alleged displays of racist behaviour during the EFF’s recent demonstration outside the high school.

Andre Traut, the Police spokesperson said that officers would remain in the area until calm was restored: “The circumstances surrounding an offence in terms of the Gathering Act and Public Violence are under investigation. Public order police were deployed in the area to maintain law and order and they were forced to take action. The crowd was then dispersed and no arrests have been made as yet.”

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