THE EFF kept their word that they would not comply with some of the lockdown regulations during their election manifesto launch.

This after their launch attracted thousands of supporters who painted Gandhi Square red in Joburg on Sunday, 26 September.

Tents erected at Gandhi Square also inconvenienced buses in the area as they were not removed on time.

During the party’s election billboard unveiling in Isando, Ekurhuleni on Monday, 27 September, EFF secretary-general Marshall Dlamini said it was not true that the tents were not removed on time.

“We were there in the morning. Last night we moved all those things that were there and all our equipment.

“Our guys were there this morning, so it’s not true. I don’t know where that statement comes from,” said Dlamini.

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Due to the number of people who attended the event, the DA said it served the IEC with a notice of illegal campaigning, unlawful electoral behaviour and the criminal violation of gathering rules by the EFF at its illegal campaign event.

EFF leadership unveiled their election billboard along the R24 freeway to the OR Tambo Airport. Photo by Christopher Moagi Photo by

They also labelled the event as a Covid-19 super-spreader event.

EFF leader Julius Malema said if action was to be taken against them, it must start with the president of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Malema said: “We told you we are not going to comply. I was watching on the news and everywhere else, Cyril Ramaphosa had a rally yesterday in Tembisa none of you said anything about it.

“Cyril had more people in Tembisa. He had more people in Soweto and it has never been an issue. These nonsensical regulations must only apply to the EFF? It is not going to happen. So if the DA takes action against the EFF, they will have to start with Cyril.”

He said that it seemed there were rules for the EFF and others.

“They regulate us, so that they don’t comply with the same regulations and then they outsmart us. We are not going to allow that. We are not going to be outsmarted by fools. They think we don’t know what they are doing. We said from the beginning that these regulations do not make sense anymore and therefore we are not going to comply,” said Malema.