Johannesburg - The EFF criticised the University of Johannesburg for denying the group access to its Doornfontein campus on Friday.

“UJ must be ashamed that it has joined the long queue of manipulated public institutions used to settle political scores by the ruling party,” spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

“We are not moved. If anything the events of the University of Johannesburg, like others earlier this week in the Vaal and other areas across the country, only serve as proof that ZANC 1/8Zuma-African National Congress 3/8 is intimidated and now they resort to cheap tricks of intimidation, manipulation and street gossip,” Ndlozi said.

Earlier in the day, Economic Freedom Fighters supporters ripped up ANC T-shirts after they were barred from the campus, where leader Julius Malema planned to speak to students.

University spokesman Herman Esterhuizen said the EFF did not follow the proper procedures to obtain approval for the meeting.

“There was not an official application submitted to the university for approval in due time,” he said.

Ndlozi disputed this, saying permission for the event had been granted.

Groups of African National Congress supporters in black T-shirts and EFF supporters in red berets sang and danced in support of their respective organisations. EFF supporters also took ANC T-shirts and drove over them with their cars.

EFF member Kenny Kunene arrived at the university but there was no sign of Malema. - Sapa