EFF laments ‘childish’ stadium claims

Comment on this story
Copy of ST sec_Eff Press Conf983.JPG (41522889) INDEPENDENT MEWSPAPERS Gauteng provincial co-ordinator Omphile Maotwe, campaign manager Dali Mpofu and provincial convenor Mguni Tshwaku at a press conference held in Braamfontein. File picture: Sharon Seretlo

Pretoria - The City of Tshwane's claims that the EFF failed to secure the requisite permission to hold a rally at an Atteridgeville stadium was “simply childish”, the party said on Wednesday.

“The (Tshwane) media statement reflects a desperate act that comes out of the humiliation suffered in court yesterday when the city could not prove why it withdrew permission on the eve of the event,” spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement.

This was after the city issued two press statements on Wednesday relating to the Economic Freedom Fighter's planned rally at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

In the first statement, the city said the EFF failed to attend an events joint operations committee (JOC) earlier in the day, which would render that the party's planned rally was “non-compliant and illegal”.

The city later back-tracked, saying the meeting would be rescheduled for Friday at 10am.

Ndlozi said that the EFF attended an events JOC meeting on Tuesday, and it was decided that one outstanding document necessary for the event would be handed over on Sunday morning. On Wednesday, the EFF confirmed this again with the relevant authorities.

“It is therefore evident that either someone within the City of Tshwane government seeks to embarrass the metro or sabotage the publicity and success of the EFF event,” Ndlozi said.

“The claims... are false and must be treated as such. Least of all, there was never a JOC meeting this morning.”

He said the rally would continue as planned, having met all the legal requirements.

On Tuesday, the EFF approached the High Court in Pretoria to challenge the city's decision to withdraw permission for the use of the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The municipality initially granted the EFF permission to use the stadium but then withdrew it.

The party said in court papers it had already spent R5 million on the rally when the agreement was unilaterally cancelled.

Judge Sulet Potterill removed the EFF's application by agreement between the parties, saying it appeared that the dispute between them had gone away.


sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines