Police disrupt plan to sabotage EFF rally
Ngizwe Mchunu’s plan to collapse the EFF election manifesto launch at Moses Mabhida Stadium was disrupted when he was chased away by police.
Police accused former uKhozi FM presenter Mchunu’s of staging an illegal gathering.
Mchunu had planned a massive Maskandi Carnival at Gugu Dlamini Park, approximately 5 km from Moses Mabhida Stadium, where the EFF was holding its manifesto launch on Saturday.
The carnival was allegedly planned to disrupt the EFF gathering and sway people away to Mchunu’s gathering.
Mchunu had expected 30,000 people to fill up the park at the Workshop.
But his plans were interrupted after police invaded the venue on Saturday morning and discovered that Mchunu had no permit to stage the event.
Police chased away everyone who was there and even collapsed the stage that was erected on Friday.
Mchunu’s event comes after his public spat with EFF leader Julius Malema. Their bitter dispute cost Mchunu dearly. He was stripped of his sponsored car from JAC vehicles after Malema laid a complaint against Mchunu accusing him of fuelling tribalism.
Mchunu had said he would not allow Malema to launch his party manifesto in KZN, but must do it in Limpopo.
Many prominent leaders in KZN, including President Cyril Ramaphosa’s advisor Jomo Sibiya, and ANC KZN secretary Bheki Mtolo were there, telling people to take EFF buses but then to attend Mchunu’s Maskandi Carnival.
Mchunu told Newzroom Afrika that he was not holding the event to disrupt Malema.
“This is the annual festival that we do to remind us of our heritage as Amabhinca. It is unfortunate that when you are proud of your tradition you are labelled a tribalist,” said Mchunu.
“That event was not for Malema because he is full of violence. He is the worst devil I have ever seen in South African politics. He cannot lead this country because he would destroy everything that was gained through the blood of our forefathers.”
Police arrested one person while searching a security vehicle and found guns and ammunition.
KZN police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netsheunda said the guns found belong to the security company that was stationed at Mchunu’s event.
Pictured above: Police destroy the stage at Ngizwe Mchunu’s Maskandi Carnival in Durban this morning.
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