Charges against women who pulled gun on EFF members withdrawn

Charges against women who pulled gun on EFF members withdrawn

- At the height of the Clicks protests one woman went viral after clips of her pulling a gun on EFF members surfaced on social media

- Now, the charges have been dropped against the woman who was central to the heated exchange in Port Elizabeth

- Public prosecutions had felt there wasn't enough to prove a criminal offence had been committed

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A charge of pointing a firearm has been dropped against the woman who went viral for taking on EFF members.

Diane Attwell's heated exchange between Red Beret members outside of a Clicks at the height of the recent protests quickly garnered a lot of interest from the public.

However, an appearance at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Friday had seen the charge dropped completely.

A clip of Diane Attwell's heated exchange with the EFF had quickly gone viral. Image: @Sipho_Dokoda/ Twitter
Source: UGC

Algoa FM spoke to Attwell's attorney, Alwyn Griebenow, who had made representations to the director of public prosecutions, prompting the end of the ordeal.

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Griebenow had explained that, after a review of the footage, no criminal offence was found to have been committed, reports SowetanLIVE.

At the time, had reported that a woman was filmed pulling a gun out and pointing it at protestors during a heated argument with party members.

The incident in question happened at the Walmer Park Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday morning, during which a 52-year-old unnamed woman can be seen pointing a firearm at protestors.

The video reveals security guards attempting to separate angered EFF women from the lady in question while other party members can be viewed following and insulting the woman.

Agitated by the situation, the woman stops walking and pulls a gun out of her jacket, pointing it at the EFF members who react by shouting at her to "Shoot!"

News24 reports that both the woman and EFF members were taken into custody with both parties refusing to open cases against the other.

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However, this changed when party members returned later in the day to open a case of pointing a firearm, according to police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu. Read more:

The Economic Freedom Fighters responded to the incident involving a woman pointing a gun at protesting members in a statement:

"We wish to communicate to all ground forces and members that if they push you, push them back. If they attack you, hit them back with double the violence."

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