- Reports have surfaced of a school in Tembisa which was forced to move after not paying rent
- EFF members were accused of vandalising the school over the dispute, which led to the eviction
- In response to this, the EFF has distanced itself from the entire ordeal
The Economic Freedom Fighters have condemned the use of its name in a dispute between a member and a school in Tembisa.
The Citizen reports that the school had allegedly been subjected to threats from both the EFF and the community.
After the school was vandalised, reportedly by an EFF member, it was forced to move to other premises and away from the property rented from a local church.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the Red Berets have both distanced themselves from the ordeal and condemned it in a statement issued on Friday:
"The EFF condemns a disreputable use of its name by an EFF fighter in Ward 29, Tembisa where a private school has been evicted from a churchyard it had been renting. The EFF has not summoned any eviction, not has it ever entered any rental agreement with any private or public school anywhere in the country."
The political party sought to set the record straight after the incident raised eyebrows:
"We must first set the record straight that the owners of the yard are EFF members and had entered an agreement with the school ( which has about 365 scholars) for 10 years, which ended in 2016. The school is situated in a churchyard ( Baptist Church) where the yard is owned by Meme Maphetho, an EFF member. Meme Maphetho did not want to extend the lease agreement when it expired in 2016."
According to the statement, the school then went on to lease the property on a monthly basis for two years.
A court order issued against Maphetho for harassment meant that communications broke down between the two parties involved.
The party has condemned the situation and the behaviour of its member:
"The EFF member misused the organizational name in her efforts to seek rent and or evict the school, an act we distance ourselves, as the EFF. In essence, this is a matter of an agreement between private citizens that has gone bad."
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