Numerous criminal cases have been laid against the Economic Freedom Fighters and their supporters for violence against journalists and others. However, it seems as if most of these cases have gotten nowhere, very slowly. According to Ferial Haffajee, a journalist from the Daily Maverick, the 'Red Berets' seem to be enjoying virtual impunity.
The Economic Freedom Fighters are no strangers to violence, with numerous well-documented incidents resulting in criminal cases laid against the party.
Ferial Haffajee, a journalist for the Daily Maverick, claims that the 'Red Berets' are enjoying 'virtual impunity'.
Research into seven cases from 2018 has found that they are now 'cold cases', according to the media house.
Briefly.co.za reported last week that the most recent example of 'cyber-attacks' from the party had seen Karima Brown facing rape and violence threats after Julius Malema had posted her contact number on social media platform, Twitter.
In 2018, Floyd Shivambu, deputy president of the party, had assaulted André de Kock, a Netwerk24 photojournalist. This case had been assigned to an investigating officer, who has not explained why the case has failed to progress.
After the State of the Nation Address, EFF MP Marshall Dlamini had been filmed while he assaulted a warrant officer. Despite video footage going viral, no progress has been made in the investigation.
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Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, spokesman for the SAPS, has claimed that the video evidence submitted in both incidents was not admissible, but could not explain why:
“The investigation is still in progress. The comments by the investigation team is that they will not investigate these cases through the media and that these cases are receiving the desired attention.”
The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution appears unimpressed by this, especially when one notes how quickly the SAPS moved to arrest Mampintsha after a live Instagram video had shown him assaulting Babes Wodumo:
“When one considers how swiftly the SAPS moved to effect the arrest of Mampintsha, it does raise questions as to why no action has been taken against EFF leaders who have similarly flouted the law. Similar video evidence went viral on social media yet SAPS acted against Mampintsha but not against Shivambu and Dlamini. "
According to Haffajee, slow progress in this regard can be expected with the NPA, Hawks and other key institutions caught up with other pressing matters during ex-president, Jacob Zuma's reign. However, this does little to restore South Africa's faith that we are all equal before the law, as the Constitution demands.
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