- Economic Freedom Fighters have clashed with security once again in the Eastern Cape legislature
- The Red Berets resisted being removed from the building after being instructed to leave
- The party members have been applauded by deputy leader Floyd Shivambu
The Economic Freedom Fighters have become somewhat notorious for clashing with parliamentary security.
The latest incident took place in the Eastern Cape legislature after the party was told to leave by speaker Helen Sauls-August.
Sergeant-at-arms Thembekile Mzantsi was instructed to gather security to help remove MPLs who refused to exit the house.
TimesLIVE reports that the speaker had requested MPLs to disperse over their 'inappropriate' attire.
Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had been instructed to leave the State of the Province Address by Premier Oscar Mabuyane once again over their attire.
This sitting had been slotted to discuss the SOPA and saw the EFF being targeted over their fashion choices.
In a video clip that has since gone viral. EFF MPLs and their supporters can be seen assaulting security personal.
The members encircled the guard being subjected to the beating until another man whisked him away, bleeding from the mouth.
This violence earned the MPLs applause from EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu, who commented:
"Well done to Eastern Cape EFF Ground Forces for defending the EFF elected representatives against the ANC hired thugs who prevent them from performing their constitutional obligations as MPLs. Next time the fightback must be tenfold."
In a statement responding to the initial incident, the EFF condemned the 'foolish' reason given for their removal:
"The EFF caucus in the Eastern Cape was met with the brutality of unidentifiable security personnel when it raised issues pertaining to the governance of the province. The most foolish reason was used to run away from accountability by the Speaker of the Provincial Legislature was an objection to the attire of the EFF, being the red overalls."
The Red Berets slammed what it felt was an attempt to target the party and flee accountability:
"There seems to be a deliberate attempt to target members of the EFF and do to them what the ruling party failed to do at the State of the Nation Address. This is to victimise EFF caucus members for attempting to hold the ruling governments in provinces accountable. It is regimes of fascits that use violence against the opposition in order to escape questions on their governance capacity."
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