EFF banana case returns to court this week

The case against 12 leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters in Mpumalanga arrested for staging a march without permit returns to court this week, a member of the party said on Monday.

The member in eHlanzeni region, whom we cannot name because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said they were gearing up to picket outside court in support of provincial leader Collen Sedibe and 11 others when they appear before the Komati Magistrates Court on Thursday morning to face charges of public violence and marching without authority.

“Other than the charges we still have the task of embarking and winning the battle for the workers. That’s our task. That’s what we must do,” he said during a conversation with the 013NEWS reporter on Monday morning at the KwaZanele township in Gert Sibande. “I’ll also be there,” he told the reporter.

Sedibe and the eleven other EFF members were arrested by Mpumalanga public order police after a march demanding the reinstatement of 300 farm workers turned violent.

The workers were fired by owners of the Umbhaba Banana Estate a year ago for wanting to be represented by a union at the farm.

At the time the workers were complaining about a variety of things, including “low stable wages” and had wanted “a proper representation and the EFF is a trade union, a political party, everything. All in one. We are all in all,” provincial leader Sedibe had told 013NEWS

during 3 August’s local government elections outside the White River community hall.

(edited by MM)

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