PORT ELIZABETH - The ANC Veterans League on Friday said in a statement that the EFF members' behaviour during the budget presentation by minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday in Parliament was a shocking "display of thuggery".
"While the country has become used to EFF rowdiness in the chambers of Parliament over the years, the crude attempt at intimidating a Cabinet minister in Parliament marks a step-change in the EFF’s long-standing war on constitutional democracy," the statement said.
It said the EFF had adopted ultra right wing principles and methods "to attack the democratic doctrines that masses of our people fought and died for".
It likened the EFF to the far-right movements that have in recent years reared their ugly heads across the globe, "replete with phoney militarism and racial hate as its key organising principle", and said it was a reminder of the now defunct Afrikaaner Weerstand Beweging (AWB).
"Any pretense at being an organised force of the left is now in tatters," the league said.