- The EFF held two separate marches today, one in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement
- Julius Malema led a #BlackLivesMatter protest outside the United States Embassy in Pretoria
- Floyd Shivambu led a march in Sandton to oppose the opening of schools for Grade 7 and 12
The EFF has joined the global solidarity protests for the #BlackLivesMatter movement as they began their silent protest this morning outside the United States Embassy.
The EFF called on its supporters and the rest of South Africa to join the protest and kneel for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
The #BlackLivesMatter movement was reignited after the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, two weeks ago.
The protest aims to highlight the injustices against black people by people in positions of power who perpetuate systemic racism.
Hundreds of EFF members heeded the call from the EFF and took to the streets. The supporters knelt in front of the US embassy, displaying different gestures. Some knelt with their hands up, as a sign of surrender and many had their fists in the air.
Last week Friday, the ANC and its alliance partners launched its anti-racism campaign which it said was created to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The party urged all South Africans to dress in black to show solidarity.
The ANC's campaign was criticised because of the government's handling of the death of Collins Khosa who died in his home following an altercation with SANDF soldiers and JMPD officers.
Many EFF supporters during this morning's protest were clad in black t-shirts written "I can't breathe", the words Floyd kept saying as Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck.
The march to the US embassy was led by EFF President Julius Malema. The EFF simultaneously held another march in Sandton, opposing the opening of schools for Grade 7 and 12 learners. This march was led by EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu.
Briefly.co.za reported that a number of civil state organisations, unions and some oppositions parties opposed the opening of schools today.
The EFF reported that it would challenge the outcomes of the SANDF investigation which cleared the perpetrators of any wrongdoing in the death of Collins Khosa.
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