- The EFF descended on a beauty salon in Garsfontein, Pretoria after an employee removed EFF posters from the premises
- The situation saw tensions rising, with both sides laying charges against the other
- The IEC offered a stern warning to both parties, saying that while it is illegal to remove election posters, it is also against the law to put them up on private property
EFF members vandalised a beauty salon in Pretoria on Monday.
The party members descended on the Garsfontein salon in response to an incident over the weekend where a salon employee tore down the EFF's election posters.
The EFF also laid charges against the woman who allegedly removed the posters.
The situation reportedly reached a fever pitch, with tensions running high on both sides and both parties threatening to take the other to the police. Both the EFF and the employee who removed the posters were also criticized on social media. The IEC pointed out that the removal of election posters was unlawful, while many South Africans took to Twitter to condemn the EFF's radical reaction.
The Electoral Commision, however, also offered a stern warning to the EFF, saying that political parties needed permission to put up posters on privaty property.
Nevertheless, EFF members were vocal on Twitter and several slammed the beauty salon. One went so far as to call the salon employee a "psychopath".
The posters that sparked the incident were advertising the EFF's manifesto launch on 2 February at Soshanguve Giant Stadium. At the event, the EFF is predicted to announce its platform for the upcoming election and finalise its list of candidates.
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