EFF Shutdown: Julius Malema Praises Supporters for Facing Police and Soldiers Fearlessly, SA Thanks EFF

EFF Shutdown: Julius Malema Praises Supporters for Facing Police and Soldiers Fearlessly, SA Thanks EFF

  • Julius Malema, the Economic Freedom Fighters leader, has deemed the countywide protest on Monday, 20 March, a complete success
  • Malema told Red Berets supporters that history would remember them for taking a stand despite heavy police presence
  • South Africans took to social media to thank the EFF for hosting the national shutdown, saying it opened up their eyes to a lot of things in the country

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PRETORIA - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema believes the national shutdown was a complete success.

EFF's national shutdown happened on 20 March
EFF leader Julius Malema praised supporters for being fearless during the national shutdown. Images: Guillem Sartorio & Rajesh Jantilal
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The planned protest saw citizens participate in various locations across the country on Monday, 20 March. EFF supporters wanted an end to rolling blackouts and to see President Cyril Ramaphosa step down.

Julius Malema praises supporters, says history will remember them

Malema was proud of the outcome of the EFF's planned nationwide protest and told supporters who donned the noticeable red regalia that history would remember them for participating in the shutdown, reports SABC News.

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Malema also thanked the Red Berets for their bravery and fearlessness as they faced over 3 400 soldiers deployed to assist the police in maintaining law and order on the day.

The Red Berets leader stated that the soldiers were deployed to intimidate and scare them away from protesting.

"With all those who supported the national shutdown, we thank you for being fearless. We thank you for being brave," said Malema.

EFF national shutdown ends with a handshake

EFF leaders Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi concluded the day-long protest with a handshake with police officers on Tuesday, 20 March.

After marching down from Pretoria Church Square in the CBD to President Cyril Ramaphosa's presidential home near the Union Buildings, the EFF leaders thanked law enforcement officials for marching alongside them, reports TimesLIVE.

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EFF supporters were met with heavy police presence outside the president's home, with soldiers being deployed to assist the police in maintaining law and order.

Police tape was used to separate protestors and law enforcement from each other, and helicopters hovered over Ramaphosa's home. Police had water canons ready in case something went wrong.

South Africans thank the EFF for the national shutdown

@MMabusela7 said:

"Thanks to EFF, and my greatest respect goes to all the students out there who took to the streets last night. They’ve shown leadership while their uncles were hiding away."

@Thabo57646270 said:

"Thanks to EFF for helping us voice our displeasure on loadshedding, high crime, poverty, unemployment and mismanagement of our beloved country. You have earned my vote today. ANC and its funders did their best to pacify South Africans, labelling the protest as anarchy. We protested anyway."

@kwanelemgazy said:

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"Loadshedding is suspended until Tuesday at 4pm. If you can't see that we are being played... Thanks to the EFF."

@NiisherPu said:

"Thanks to EFF, we now realise that we don't have an electricity crisis at Eskom, we just have people who need to be disciplined. And we appreciate Julius Malema for showing us that we have many lawful forces in the country. So crime is a decision that they took to not fight it."

National shutdown: ANC, DA dismiss EFF protest as flop, Mzansi believes it was successful: "We have power"

Briefly News previously reported that the Economic Freedom Fighters and its members as supported filled various streets across South Africa as part of its national shutdown on Monday, 20 March.

EFF leader Julius Malema has taken a victory lap lauding the mass protest as a success, as many businesses, particularly in Tshwane and Joburg CBD, were forced to close their doors for the day, News24 reported.

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However, the ANC and DA beg to differ. The ruling party and the official opposition have poked holes in the success of the mass protest, claiming that it failed to live up to the hype.

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Lebogang Mashego (Current Affairs HOD) Lebogang Mashego runs the Current Affairs desk. She joined the Briefly News team in 2021. She has 6 years of experience in the journalism field. Her journalism career started while studying at Rhodes University, where she worked for the Oppidan Press for 3 years. She worked as a lifestyle writer and editor at W24 and Opera News. She graduated with a BA degree majoring in Journalism and Media Studies in 2017. She's a recipient of the INMA Elevate Scholarship. Email: lebogang.mashego@briefly.co.za

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