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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.”

Confirmed: EFF to stage ‘mass protest’ in Brackenfell this Friday

Several branches of the EFF have confirmed that the party and its members will march in Brackenfell on Friday 20 November, after the Western Cape town became the latest hotbed for racial tensions in South Africa.

The Red Berets threatened a ‘complete shutdown’ of Brackenfell last week, following a controversial incident at a local high school. Students and teachers were accused of hosting a private, ‘whites-only’ matric dance. This, however, has been vehemently denied by officials and parents. But the incident caused an enormous amount of disquiet.

On the second day of a small-scale protest outside of Brackenfell High School, EFF supporters were attacked by a group of thugs in the street. Punches were thrown, and one campaigner was struck by a baseball bat. A man was arrested for discharging a replica firearm outside of the educational facility.

The fallout was nuclear, and EFF leader Julius Malema subsequently threatened to bring his ‘fighters’ into Brackenfell. Sure enough, some two weeks after the party first caused disruption outside of the school, a huge protest is set to take place at 10:00 on Friday. Malema himself has stated that the ‘invitation has been accepted’

The protest will take place just a month after demonstrations engulfed the Free State town of Senekal, pitting white conservatives against the EFF and their supporters. Although the mood was tense, no serious incidents were reported. A similar outcome on Friday would be warmly welcomed, but South Africa – for the time being – remains at odds with itself.

DA Compares EFF to Nazi’s

Violence erupted outside the Brackenfell High School in Cape Town when protesting members of the Economic Freedom Fighters clashed with parents.  A private matric ball was allegedly attended by only white students and their parents.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) strongly defended the parents of the school, criticising the police for failing to disperse the EFF protesters before tensions escalated.  The DA compared the EFF’s behaviour to that of the German Nazi’s in a tweet saying the Nazi’s had the brown shirts that went around terrorising minorities, South Africa has the red shirts”.

The Jewish Board of Deputies is currently in a meeting to discuss the offensive tweet and said that it would be responding soon. Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) said that it was shocked and disappointed that racial segregation was still happening at private events after years of a free democracy.

The commission has called for swift action by those investigating the conduct of the two teachers who attended the private matric ball.

 

Brackenfell High School Parents and EFF throwing punches

Following allegations of a racist whites only school function tensions have been building up between EFF protesters and Brackenfell High School Parents. The EFF protested outside the school for the second time on Monday, following news reports and allegations on social media that the event was only attended by white matriculants. Angry community members and parents of students at the school however vehemently denied racism at the school. Video footage from earlier on Monday shows the EFF facing of with Brackenfell community members. The already tense atmosphere exploded when fists started flying. Public order police were called in to calm protesters and community members. In another video from TeamNews24 the Public order police can be seen separating the community members from the EFF protesters. Meanwhile the Western Cape Department of Education said that the event was not a school or department-sponsored event, but that it was a private event. According to Kerry Mauchline, spokesperson for Western Cape MEC Debbie Schäfer, the event was held at a private venue. The protests erupted after one parent tweeted that not all pupils were invited to attend. Claims were made that only white people and two teachers was in attendance. But school parents insisted that there was no racism at the school and that pupils did not attend for many reasons, including fears around Covid-19 infections.

EFF Will Nationalize the SA Reserve Bank

The South African Parliament has called on stakeholders and interested parties to submit written submissions on the South African Reserve Bank Amendment Bill.Submitted by the EFF as a private member’s bill, the draft legislation proposes that all of the bank’s stakeholders are appointed by the government and are not private entities.



Explaining the bill in August, the EFF’s deputy president Floyd Shivambu said that the current South African Reserve Bank Act allows private individuals, including foreigners, to own shares of the South African shareholders based on the share capital of the bank. “The private shareholders through acquired shares, in terms of the South African Reserve Bank Act, have some role to play in the governance of the South African Reserve Bank, including the election of the directors, and receive dividends from the bank’s profits.”

Shivambu said that the draft bill will aim to:

  • Make the state the sole shareholder of the South African Reserve Bank;
  • Provide for the appointment of the board of directors, the tenure of the office of the appointed directors, and give the minister the power to make regulations related to the appointment of appointed directors;
  • Give the minister of finance the power to appoint auditors of the bank.



The ANC shares the vision to nationalise the central bank, but the plan has been but on hold  as government grapples to get the coronavirus-stricken economy back on track.

The ruling decided at a 2017 conference that the state should take ownership of the South African Reserve Bank, one of a handful of central banks owned by private investors, because the prevailing ownership structure infringed on the nation’s sovereignty.”The country doesn’t have the resources that may be needed to buy out the bank’s private shareholders and spending the money would be unjustified in the current economic climate,” said Paul Mashatile, the treasurer-general of the African National Congress.



“We would not want to rush to go in that direction because there are other implications,” he said in an interview with Bloomberg. “Our view is that we want these resources to be channelled rather to infrastructure projects.”

EFF heading to the SAHRC

The Economic Freedom Fighters in the Western Cape said it would be approaching the police and the South African Human Rights Commission on Tuesday.  This follows protests organised by Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer, where there were allegedly an apartheid flag on display.  The EFF said that displaying the flag undermines the law and the injustices suffered in the past. Julius Malema’s infamous party demands that those responsible for waving the flag should be held accountable.



The party is also calling for the arrest of Ivan Meyer.  Meyer organised the protest and addressed the crowd.  Wandile Kasibe of the EFF said they would lay a formal complaint with police on Tuesday and also turn to the Human Rights Commission for justice.  “The court of this country has now outlawed the usage of such an extremely racist symbol and anyone found to be using such a symbol has committed a criminal offence.”



Meanwhile Meyer said he has not seen any apartheid era flags being flown during protests,  and added that he will not be intimidated by the EFF.  Valerie Bylefeld, one of the protest organisers, has condemned display of the flags, saying it’s not what they stand for.  “The very same person who should be arrested here is Mr Malema for inciting these murders on the farmers of South Africa.”

EFF TO PROTEST FOR UIF

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is calling for workers to contact the EFF party to alert it of companies that have not yet paid UIF.  Malema said the party was planning a mass action against all employers that have claimed UIF from the state and have not paid their employees.



The leader of the red berets was speaking at a media brief in Braamfontein on Monday afternoon.  He touched on a wide range of issues, including the party’s visit to Senekal this month, the appointment of Ranjeni Munusamy to Treasury, unrest in Nigeria, and the upcoming Presidential election in the United States of America.  Malema also weighed in on the Covid-19 pandemic, urging South Africans to remain vigilant amid threat of a second wave of infections.



He urged South Africans to exercise maximum caution: “The reality is that there is still no cure or vaccine for the coronavirus and the most dependable measure to limit its spread is social distancing, wearing of masks and recurrent hygiene practices, which include the washing of hands. The people of South Africa must stop behaving as if the coronavirus is gone. It is still here and the second wave of infection will kill a lot of people.”

 

Senekal Protests Update

16:10 Update – The case has been postponed to 20 October 2020 for the cross-examination of the investigating officer by the defense.

15:50 Update – While results of the analysis on the blood stained clothes is still outstanding, blood samples taken from Horner’s bakkie and sent for private testing by a private investigator, revealed if was the blood of three different males, according to Captain Myburgh



15:45 Update – The only item stolen from Horner’s body, was his wallet.  A witness told police that she overheard the accused saying they took the wallet of the man they assaulted on the farm.

15:15 Update – Myburgh testifies that the bloodstained clothes seized from Mahlamba’s residence has been sent for forensic testing and analysis.



15:08 Update – The post mortem determined that Horner was strangled to death.  He also suffered stab wounds on his arms, shoulder and hands, according to Myburgh.

15:05 Update – Captain Gerhardus Myburgh is now testifying for the State in the bail application of the accused.  Captain Myburgh is on the investigating team.

14:28 – Update – The state does not intend to lead Viva Voce evidence, and will be doing so by way of evidence.  They have asked for a short postponement until 15:00



14:10 Update – It is now extremely hot in Senekal.  The EFF leadership has disappeared.

13:22 Update – Matlaletsa claims he has two previous convictions for stock theft and one for illegally buying a pig.  Through the affidavit he tells the court that he has no pending cases against him.



13:15 Update – Matlaletsa, accused no 2, says he will be pleading not guilty and will remain silent with regards to the merits of the case.  He also said he is unemployed and living of a disability grant

12:55 Update – A video was posted about an hour ago of Colonel Franz Jooste, form SADF Civil Force.  “If they want war they will get it.”

12:46 Update – The State prosecutor alledges that Mahlamba’s girlfriend refutes his assertion that he was with her the night that Brendin Horner was murdered.  She stated under oath that he did not spend the entire evening with her on October 1st 2020.



12:22 Update – The state has a witness that claims to have heard Mahlamba boasting about how he “assaulted a white man on a farm”, while they were at a tavern on the 2nd of October, late in the afternoon.

12:20 Update – The State asks Mahlamba if police recovered his bloodied trousers from the Freezer in his house.  He denies the allegation and claims that there is no deep freezer in his house.



12:13 Update – EFF supporters have burned an ANC / Ramaphosa Tshirt in Senekal.

12:10 Update – EFF supporters have gathered in front of the stage again.  They are waiting for Julius Malema to address them once the bail hearing has been concluded.



11:55 Update – Court back in session.  The state will now cross-examine Mahlamba.  The state asked about assets he may have and if he will be paying for the bail amount himself.  Note: The state prosecutor has asked the court that he not be identified or have his images taken in court, and an order to that effect was granted.



11:50 Update – Young farmer explains in Afrikaans that they simply want a peaceful protest.

11:35 – A biker has been saying praying in front of EFF supporters outside the Senekal Magistrate’s court.

https://twitter.com/iol/status/1317036093301280769?s=21



11:30 Update – In court, Mahlamba claimed that he was not read his rights when arrested, and was never informed how he was linked to the murder of Brendin Horner.  He also claimed that police said they would release him.  The State will now cross-examine the accused, Mahlamba, after a short adjournment.



11:21 Update – EFF members destroy and vandalize public property.



11:12 Update – Inside the courtroom of the Senekal Magistrate’s Court.  Accused no 1 denies knowing accused no 2.  But he know where he lives



11:05 Update – The EFF wants to remove the name of Van Riebeeck Street.  Is this considered damage of state property?

11:00 Update- Reports off bricks and rocks being thrown at bikers by EFF supporters, police nowhere to be found.

10:55 Update – The first accused, Sekwetje Mahlamba has taken the stand.  He will be applying for bail via viva voce evidence.  He told the court he has a pending court case for stock theft and that he was out on bail when arrested for the murder of Brendin Horner. He coes not have a job and survives doing odd jobs, making around R1,500 a month.  He supports his girlfriend and a child.  Mahlamba said he has no previous criminal convictions and the stock theft charge is back in court in February 2021



10:45 Update – More tension between farmers and EFF

10:40 Update – The head of the African Farmers Association of South Africa (AFASA) is strongly condemning the EFF





10:35 Update – It seems that tension is mounting in Senekal between the EFF and opposing protesters.

Update 10:25 – The state prosecutor opposed the media application to film proceedings and broadcast live.  The prosecutor argued that the case was at a sensitive stage and that he did not believe people should read the sensitive information on social media.  The magistrate adjourned the court and will return with a ruling on the media application for live broadcast of the case against the alleged killers of Brendin Horner



Update 10:20 – Julius Malema has now entered the court in Senekal.



Update 10:15 – After some singing of banned racist songs, EFF leaders made several short speeches denouncing farmers and Afriforum as “racist”.  The EFF crowd is moving into town now.  Malema told supporters: “This town is not called Senekal, its called Matjhabeng.”  He then told the EFF crowd to march into Senekal to see “our town”.



10:10 Update – The Farmer Protest crowd have grown in numbers.

10:05 Update – EFF leaders continue to address supporters.

09:55 Update – Areas surrounding the court has been barricaded with barbed wire fences to keep groups separated as tensions mount in Senekal.  Police have shown a strong presence in the town and helicopters and water cannons are at the ready.  A short incident between EFF members and a group called Kommandokorps were quickly resolved by police before it became violent.



The South African Sense of humour stays intact.  Several people have been tweeting: “KFC should charge double today in Senekal”, “OK FOODS could make some real profit with the EFF there today”

Bheki Cele, Minister of Police has just arrived at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court.

 

A group of farmers are gathered on an open field in Senekal.

EFF Supporters now singing the banned racist song “Shoot to kill, Kill the Boer, Kill the Farmer”

 

Julius Malema just arrived and will be speaking to his followers now.

 

How did we end up here?  Sekwetje Isaiah Mahlamba, 32, and Piet Matlaletsa, 44, murdered the 21-year-old farm manager Brendin Horner on the 1st of October near Paul Roux.  Brendin’s body was tied to a pole with a rope around his neck.  At the first court appearance on the 6th of October, a group of angry farmers stormed the courthouse and demanded the suspects be handed over.  A police vehicle was also overturned and set alight.  52-year-old Andre Pienaar was arrested and charged with attempted murder, malicious damage to state property, and public violence.  He was denied bail earlier this week.   The two accused are due to appear in court today for the second time.



This morning, Senekal is quiet but rather tense.  Hundreds of EFF supporters have already gathered, brandishing golf clubs, cricket bats, and knopkieries.  Elsewhere a few farmers have started to gather.  Police have been out in full force since early this morning.  Although most parties present today have undertaken to keep it quiet and peaceful, there is a tense and unsettling atmosphere in the town.



 

 

EFF gathered in front of OK FOODS.

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