- The Economic Freedom Fighters ensured that Red Beret 'ground forces' were in Senekal in vast numbers on Friday
- This comes after EFF leader Julius Malema called upon his supporters to 'protect democracy' by protesting in the Free State town
- A clip of a supporter on the scene on Friday revealed that not everyone is quite sure what they are actually protesting
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The Economic Freedom Fighters, in their usual signature style, arrived in Senekal early on Friday morning.
Leader Julius Malema and deputy EFF president Floyd Shivambu were also present, with Malema encouraging his so-called 'ground forces' to march as they please in the town that he says they own.
Images from the sleepy Free State town, rocked by the murder of a young farm manager, show what must be hundreds of Red Beret supporters ensuring that the call to action is heeded.
However, it seems that some people have missed the memo and aren't quite sure what they travelled to the town to achieve.
A clip, shared by South Africa Now, reveals a female supporter taking part in the protest.
When asked why she had travelled from her hometown to Senekal, she explained simply that she had come to 'support this case'. The woman further explained that she was protesting against the racism and when probed as to who had been racist she answered that she suspected it had been the 'white ones'.
The Big Daddy Liberty Show interviewed another Red Beret supporter, who commented that:
"We are the soldiers of the EFF let me put it this way, we are the security."
When her attention was drawn to the immense police force present during the protest, she said:
"We do need revolutionary guards because some times when people are drunk they fight and the manifesto might collapse."
While his supporters may not be sure exactly why he had summoned them to the Free State, Malema himself has made his reasons for travelling to Senekal abundantly clear.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za had reported that, speaking to Newzroom Afrika, Malema explained that the party's presence on Friday was not to support the two suspects accused of murdering a young farm manager, but rather to protect the courts:
"We are not going to Senekal to sympathize with a thug, we are going to Senekal to protect our democracy, our constitution which is under threat by racist terrorist farmers who go and attack a court of law."
While the EFF and those who support the party seem to be in agreeance that this is ultimately the correct response to the situation, other South Africans aren't so sure that it is the right thing to do.
EFF chairperson Veronica Mente has weighed in with her view, signalling her determination to see the protest through:
"The proud thugs, fascists, cult followers will be in Senekal tomorrow. No white supremacy will prevail in our time. No Hashtags will deter us."
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