Cops open fire on EFF supporters

PHOTO_Julius Malema EFF_22072014

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema sits on the floor after he was prevented from gaining access into the House at the Gauteng Legislature in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 22 July 2014.

JOHANNESBURG - Over 1,000 EFF supporters marched on the Gauteng Legislature building, led by party leader Julius Malema.

In an interview with eNCA, Malema claimed that the police used live ammunition on EFF supporters outside the Gauteng Legislature in Marshalltown on Tuesday.

The SAPS resorted to firing upon the protesters with rubber bullets and stun grenades as the crowd allegedly became uncontrollable.

Police initially confirmed to eNCA Online that live ammunition was used, but provincial police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini later denied this.

“Stun grenades were fired when the crowed got out of control,” said Dlamini.

Police are monitoring the CBD as reports claim EFF protesters are looting stores in the area.

Dlamini claimed only a few police were injured and no arrests have been made.

EFF members have been protesting against the removal of their MPLs for wearing red overalls during a sitting on July 1.

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