DA To Lay Charges Against EFF For ‘Incitement Of Violence’

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has strongly condemns the EFF's protests, calling it “incitement of violence” and the resultant “malicious destruction of property” in regard to Clicks stores countrywide.

DA To Lay Charges Against EFF For ‘Incitement Of Violence’-SurgeZirc SA
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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has strongly condemns the EFF’s protests, calling it “incitement of violence” and the resultant “malicious destruction of property” in regard to Clicks stores countrywide.

Following incidents happened today, the DA is calling South African Police Service (SAPS) to take immediate action.

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“We will lay charges of incitement to violence and destruction of property against the EFF and more especially it’s leadership as made public who would welcome rioters at certain malls,” said DA.

However, the party said they recognize the upset and anger the Clicks advert has caused to many South Africans, but the EFF’s violent response is unacceptable. SAPS has a duty to act against Julius Malema and others who have made explicit statements inciting EFF members to commit criminal acts.

In addition, DA said in the Notice of Motion application brought by Clicks to stop the EFF process, it explicitly stated that SAPS should respond to any calls from Clicks stores where EFF members are intimidating or threatening staff or damaging property and disrupting businesses.

The DA will write to the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, and National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, to ask what steps they will be taking against Julius Malema and the EFF’s incitement to violence.

“We can never allow individuals and political parties to commit such horrific acts of vigilante violence and if SAPS fails to respond with decisive action they will be in dereliction of their duty,” said DA.

They added that this is not the first time that Julius Malema and his quasi-revolutionaries have called for violence and the destruction of property in the name of justice.

The EFF’s call to violence and destruction of property will affect the livelihoods of thousands of Clicks employees who will bear the brunt of this destruction.

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According to DA, the EFF claims to represent the interests of the marginalised and economically excluded. However, they organise protests mass destruction and violence follows in the wake.

The DA will be submitting evidence of the EFF’s violent behaviour and malicious destruction of property to SAPS and will put pressure on the National Police Commissioner to ensure that Julius Malema and his thugs are not given special treatment.

 

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