- Economic Freedom Fighters MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has lauded protestors for shutting businesses down in Pretoria
- The EFF arrived in the capital city to march from Church Square to the Union Buildings as part of the party's national shutdown demonstrations
- Ndlozi reminded demonstrators to remain peaceful, adding the police were trying to provoke protestors
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PRETORIA - The Economic Freedom Fighters have arrived in Pretoria in their droves to conduct their national shutdown march from Church Square to the Union Buildings.
EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi congratulated members and supporters for peacefully ensuring business was not conducted as usual.
“I want to congratulate all the ground forces of Tshwane, our activities and peaceful demonstrations from 12am have made sure that no businesses are operating."
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Ndlozi also celebrated the fact the taxis and busses were roaming around the capital city without any passengers, adding the commuters heeded the EFF's call to either join the shutdown or stay at home, TimesLIVE reported.
EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi urges participants of national shutdown to remain peaceful
Though the streets of Pretoria have turned red as EFF members and supporters joined the national shutdown march, the situation remains relatively calm.
Ndlozi urged protestors to keep the peace, claiming "bloodthirsty" cops sought to provoke the demonstrators, SowetanLIVE reported.
The EFF MP accused the SAPS of shooting unarmed people with rubber bullets as they descended on roads countrywide as part of the demonstration.
"We are peaceful people, we are not fighting with the police. They should get out of the way. We want Ramaphosa."
The EFF organised the national shutdown to call for President Cyril Ramaphosa's resignation and an end to crippling loadshedding.
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South Africans accuse Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of lying about shutting down businesses
Below are some comments:
Danny Dreghorn accused:
"What utter rubbish! They used intimidating and threatening letters that were dropped off at all businesses, threatening them if they don't shut down."
Enock Mpumelelo Nzama priased:
"Big shops in big metros are closed, including Durban and Joburg, we not talking about small towns that don't contribute much to the economy."
"Is that supposed to be an achievement?"
Ronald Rgm Makhubela claimed:
"The long weekend holiday is the reason why taxis are empty, not EFF."
Ismail Moolla added:
"Not peacefully but forcefully like it was done in JHB china town. Don't deny it as it was filmed."
Ntobeko Khwelebhedini Zilimbola said:
"Businesses and taxis are operating as normal, what is he talking about now?"
National shutdown: Police arrest 5 students in Braamfontein during EFF’s “peaceful protest”
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters members clashed with the police on Sunday night, 19 March, while holding a night vigil that was meant to be peaceful.
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At least five students who are members of the Red Berets were arrested in Braamfontein, Johannesburg CBD.
EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi shared footage of the EFF's march on social media and stated that the protestors intended no harm and posed no threat.
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