EFF drama in Namibia

CityPress - - News - CAI­PHUS KGOSANA cai­phus.kgosana@city­press.co.za

If the tough time three of South Africa’s most prom­i­nent red berets had in Wind­hoek this week is any­thing to go by, Namibia isn’t ready for eco­nomic free­dom.

An Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) del­e­ga­tion, led by MPs Mag­da­lene Moon­samy, Andile Mngxi­tama and Mpho Ra­makatsa, was briefly de­tained at the Hosea Ku­tako In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Wind­hoek on Fri­day when they ar­rived for the launch of the Namibia Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers.

Moon­samy told City Press yes­ter­day that they were asked to step aside by im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers when they ar­rived.

“We tried to ex­plain that we were from a South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity coun­try, but the of­fi­cers said they had in­struc­tions,” she said.

Moon­samy said they were also told that the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the rul­ing party, Swapo, had sent his wife to give im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers and po­lice in­struc­tions to give them a hard time. Swapo has close his­tor­i­cal links to the ANC.

Moon­samy said the trio was even­tu­ally al­lowed into the coun­try when the is­sue started caus­ing a com­mo­tion and the me­dia ar­rived.

The EFF has faced sim­i­lar chal­lenges in Botswana, which re­fused to al­low leader Julius Malema into the coun­try.

Male­ma­did­not­make­thetrip­toWind­hoek. He told City Press that he was on study leave.

Moon­samy said they had been mak­ing con­tact with their Namib­ian coun­ter­parts for about a year, ad­vis­ing them on how to go about form­ing a sim­i­lar or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Namibia EFF has now been regis­tered as a party and will be con­test­ing Namibia’s elec­tions in Novem­ber.

Namibia EFF spokesper­son Olsen Kahiriri told City Press that while they had not ex­pe­ri­enced out­right hos­til­ity, they were angry about the treat­ment of their guests from South Africa.

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