Economic Freedom Fighters’ National Shutdown Draws Criticism for State’s Heavy-handed Response
Critics of the State’s deployment of security forces during the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) national shutdown have labelled the heavy presence of the army and police unreasonable according to EWN.
The EFF’s long-awaited nationwide protest took place on Monday, with sporadic demonstrations occurring in major cities. The third-largest political party in the country took to the streets in demand of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s resignation and a long-term solution to the current energy crisis.
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While the demonstration in Pretoria witnessed a considerable number of supporters, the gatherings in Johannesburg were not able to meet the expectations.
About 200 EFF members turned up in central Sandtown, dancing and chanting outside chrome and glass office buildings. According to demonstrators who initiated their rallies in Alexandra, the party’s endeavour to bring the country to a halt has yielded a noteworthy outcome.
Even though the turnout appeared lacklustre, members insist that the protest was merely one of several precursory events leading up to next year’s general elections.
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