Around 400 supporters of the EFF were addressed by Unathi Ntame, the Western Cape chairperson, before marching to Parliament on Monday. They awaited the arrival of EFF national chairperson Veronica Mente. Ntame informed the crowd that they would carry out exactly what the national chairperson instructed them to do, including shutting down the Waterfront, Golden Acres, or even the N2 if instructed. He also mentioned that EFF members were “abused” by police earlier, and they would not be instructed on how to protest.
The deputy president of the EFF Floyd Shivambu has called for President Ramaphosa’s resignation, stating that they will celebrate party leader Julius Malema as the new president after the national election in May. Shivambu claimed that the EFF is raising legitimate demands and criticised those who said that the shutdown had failed.
However, the EFF has been interdicted from blocking businesses from operating or obstructing roads. The protest actions has been controversial, with many critics condemning the party for the disruption caused by their shutdowns. Nevertheless, the party is determined to continue with its cause and is likely to persist with its protests in the future.
It is unclear if the EFF’s demands will be met or if their protests will lead to any significant changes. Nonetheless, the party’s efforts to disrupt the status quo have captured the attention of many and triggered extensive debate and discussion.
Video of EFF Western Cape Chairperson Unathi Ntame addressing Supporters
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