The Economic Freedom Fighters seem to be taking opposition from the authorities at each turn as they spread the message about “the struggle for economic freedom in our lifetime”. On Saturday, the fighters had planned a motorcade that would start at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown and end in Soweto. The Metro Police Department in Johannesburg was not pleased with that idea. According to media reports, the police arrived and ordered the crowd of EFF supporters to disperse because they had not applied for and received permission to gather.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have made no secret of their radical nature; they pushed on with the motorcade. EFF Gauteng Provincial Spokesperson, Patrick Sindane said: “This is a public place and we need no permission.” The EFF accused the police of being manipulated by political forces to intimidate the organization.
Sindane dispelled reports that the EFF would submit to pressure. He reiterated that the EFF is progressing and will not be intimidated. “We are doing well and the masses are responding very well. People are joining the EFF on the streets because this is the party they have been waiting for.”
On Saturday, National Coordinator Lufuno Gogoro commented publicly on his Facebook wall. He thanked everyone who supported the motorcade. He remarked on the reception that the EFF received in Soweto from “the masses who demanded (membership) forms and berets”. Gogoro said: “Protea South belongs to EFF and they are so happy we came.”
In other news, the National Spokesperson of the EFF, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi issued a statement that a delegation of the organization, led by Commander in Chief Julius Malema, would be guests of the Synagogue Church of All Nation International in Nigeria until 15 August. Prophet T. B. Joshua is a well-known pastor and leader of the congregation. The EFF sees this as a “spiritual visit to meet and create friendship with this son of Africa and his congregation”. They also want to “ask for blessings for the journey ahead”.
The Economic Freedom Fighters are preparing for their national launch which will be held in Marikana, Rustenburg later this month. The organization remains unmoved and forges on with the build-up to the national elections in 2014.