ANCYL chases Malema’s EFF off univer­sity cam­pus

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NONI MOKATI

JULIUS Malema, his Eco­nomic Freedom Fight­ers (EFF) and sup­port­ers were chased away from the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg by hockey stick-wield­ing ANC Youth League mem­bers.

Dozens of se­cu­rity guards and ANCYL mem­bers pre­vented the group of EFF mem­bers, which in­cluded busi­ness­man Kenny Kunene, from en­ter­ing the univer­sity’s Doorn­fontein cam­pus to ad­dress stu­dents.

Half the EFF mem­bers stood out­side, while the other half found them­selves locked in­side.

The guards were un­re­lent­ing, de­spite the mem­bers out­side de­mand­ing they be al­lowed in, claim­ing that they had per­mis­sion to hold the event.

The EFF mem­bers be­gan chant­ing anti-Zuma slo­gans while Kunene told stu­dents out­side that the in­ci­dent would not stop them.

He said UJ was “re­mote con­trolled” from ANC head­quar­ters Luthuli House, but that “th­ese tac­tics will not dis­cour­age or weaken the spirit to es­tab­lish EFF”.

A hand­ful of stu­dents in ANC shirts jeered at the EFF mem­bers, who turned on them, threat­en­ing to beat them up.

It was not clear whether Malema had been watch­ing the com­mo­tion from his car, but he was not seen on the scene.

Soon af­ter­wards stu­dent sup­port­ers of the EFF ripped up an ANC shirt, then jumped on it.

UJ spokesman Her­man Ester­huizen said the event was “un­sched­uled”.

“It takes eight weeks for the univer­sity to ap­prove an ap­pli­ca­tion. We only re­ceived the rele- vant doc­u­ments from the stu­dent body this week,” he said, adding that the EFF mem­bers in­side the premises were stu­dents who had used their ac­cess cards to gain en­try.

The EFF crit­i­cised the UJ for deny­ing the group ac­cess, say­ing the univer­sity had “joined the long queue of ma­nip­u­lated pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions used to set­tle po­lit­i­cal scores by the rul­ing party”.

EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Nd­lozi said the in­ci­dent was proof Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and the ANC were in­tim­i­dated by them, re­sort­ing to “cheap tricks, ma­nip­u­la­tion and street gossip”.

Later, in Soweto, the EFF got a rous­ing wel­come, with a sea of red mil­i­tary berets and caps in ev­i­dence at Un­cle Tom’s Com­mu­nity Hall in Or­lando West.

Malema had not ar­rived by the time of go­ing to press last night.

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