- Hoards of Economic Freedom Fighter supporters took to the streets of Sandton to protest against Eskom
- While addressing the crowds, Malema called for load-shedding and the president to fall
- African Transformation Movement members also opted to join the rally
Sandton was painted EFF red on Friday as supporters marched from Innesfree Park to Eskom's Megawatt Park.
The group embarked on a nearly 8km march in protest to the power utility's privatisation and load-shedding.
The crowd walked chanting 'Enough is enough' and 'Let the rule of white people fall'. Some African Transformation Movement members joined the protest, leader Mzwanele Manyi spoke to TimesLIVE:
“We would like to congratulate the EFF for this major initiative. What they are marching for resonates with what we stand for. We hold a very strong view that the business case for Eskom is deliberately undermined so the case for privatisation can be enhanced."
Addressing those gathered, EFF leader called for both load-shedding and President Cyril Ramaphosa to fall:
“Down with load-shedding, down. Down with Ramaphosa, down. We are going to block Rivonia Road for 30 minutes because they are living in luxury. We have seen some stupid police provoking our members. It is our land, it is our country. We will protest however we wish to.”
Briefly.co.za reported that some protestors were spotted clashing with police officials, although the reasons behind the dispute remain unclear.
One EFF supporter urged the police to avoid provoking an already angry crowd, commenting:
"Can the police not provoke us as we are already angry against the nonsense done by Jamnandas [Pravin's middle name]."
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan's continued tenure also was a bone of contention for many members, who brandished signs calling for 'Gordhan to fall'.
The EFF has long called for the minister to be stripped of his post, claiming he had been instrumental to the present state of many SOEs.
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