- A video was posted on Twitter allegedly showing a EFF member being arrested
- The man allegedly encouraged a student to pay a bribe to attain study space
- EFF supporters on social media deny that the man was EFF
A video emerged online showing a member of the Economic Freedom Fighters’ Student’s Command (EFFSC) allegedly being arrested for encouraging a student to pay a bribe in order to be accepted for a placement at Mangosuthu University of Technology.
The video which was posted to social media platform, Twitter, allegedly shows a man donning a red EFF shirt being placed in the back of a police van, Briefly.co.za found.
EFF supporters on social media rushed to their party’s defense and asserted that the video was not real, but an attempt on behalf of the ANC to tarnish the reputation of the EFF. Some users seemed convinced that the man was a ANC member in a EFF shirt.
Twitter user, Ntuthuko Stundero Khathi, wrote that he attends MUT and although he acknowledges that he does not know the full story, he suggested that the EFF man may have been “falsely accused” because of SASCO’s misconceptions about the EFF.
Other EFF supporters on the platform commented that the party must not be "distracted by the enemy,” as their main focus should be to fill up Giants Stadium.
They further added that regardless of the man’s party, bribery and corruption should not be tolerated, and if he is guilty he should be arrested.
While most of Twitter was caught up in the party politics of the situation, some users, like Thapedi Ngwepe, did point out that the entire situation reflected a tendency of exploitation by political parties who seek to turn the misfortunes of those struggling and in need of help into an opportunity for political advancement.
Other users added that regardless of the controversy surrounding the man being a EFF member, bribery and selling of spaces is a known phenomenon at tertiary institutions with student representative councils being at the centre of it.
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