Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema went on Twitter to name the man he alleges shot an EFF supporter.
This after a female EFF member was shot and wounded at a Polokwane taxi rank while distributing campaign materials. The woman was shot on Tuesday after she was allegedly involved in an argument with a person wearing an ANC T-shirt.
Malema took to Twitter to mention the name he alleges is that of the man who shot the EFF supporter. The name of the alleged shooter cannot be mentioned by The Citizen as he has not yet been formally charged or pleaded in court.
Malema’s move led to a series of condemnations by some of his Twitter followers, with some saying Malema should wait for a court of law to convict the alleged shooter before making conclusions.
Franco Megannon @FrancoMegannon tweeted, “.@Julius_S_Malema should we not wait until the proper legal route is followed before naming a suspect on a social media platform?”
Last month, an EFF member was allegedly shot by an ANC supporter in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga. This after ANC supporters tried to block the EFF community meeting at the Kamachekeza Stadium.
All this violence comes in the buildup to the August 3 municipal elections. The Pan Africanist Movement (PAM), which was formed out of the PAC eight years ago, won the top spot on the local government elections ballot paper at a draw held at the headquarters of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) in Pretoria on Wednesday.
This year’s local government elections saw some political parties being excluded. Andile Mngxitama’s Black First Land First (BLF) party was barred by the IEC from participating in the elections. This, the IEC says, was as a result of the party not meeting some requirements that have to be met by any political party that needs to be registered with the chapter 9 institution.
“According to the list of registered parties on the Electoral Commission’s website, The Black Land Forum (BLF) is not a registered party,” IEC chief communications officer Kate Bapela told The Citizen.
Source: The Citizen