The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has slated police for raiding the homes of some of their activists prior to the national shutdown, evoking memories of ‘despicable apartheid tactics.’
In a statement on Thursday, EFF National spokesperson, Sinawo Thambo, condemned the raids.
He said these raids included that of EFF Gauteng Provincial Secretary Moshe Koma in Soweto.
Thambo denounced the ANC – the ruling party – for reverting to apartheid methods of silencing people by terrorising their homes, to discourage them from standing up for their rights.
Thabo said it is ironic that those who were persecuted by the apartheid government are now using the same tactics against those who oppose them.
In spite of these numerous forms of intimidation, the EFF applauded the fearlessness of all activists and ordinary citizens who came out in their numbers. This was despite numerous intimidation methods.
“We commend the fearlessness of all activists and ordinary citizens who came out in their numbers, despite numerous forms of intimidation and even illegal arrests. Many activists, and disturbingly many young women were arrested without justification in an attempt to strike fear into South African hearts, he said.
According to Thambo, EFF Central Command Team Member and Member of Parliament Yoliswa Yako was among those arrested simply for walking.
Thambo said EFF condemns the senseless and wasteful deployment of the South African National Defence Force, which it said would cost the taxpayer over R166 million up to April 17, 2023.
“The state deployed its armed forces purely to intimidate. They did not succeed in their attempts, but this must concern South Africans who want a free democracy characterised by accountability,” added Thambo.