The DA has lodged a complaint with the parliamentary ethics committee against EFF MPs who were allegedly involved in the Clicks protests last week.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. The MP is charged with damaging property, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest.
DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone said the DA had also lodged a complaint against the EFF leadership with the Human Rights Commission.
“The EFF leaders’ behavior on social media and at shopping centers all over the country is appalling. Stores were bombed with petrol bombs, workers and customers were intimidated and members of the media were treated harshly while trying to do their job. ”
According to Mazzone, the EFF’s justification for the violent behavior is appalling and contrary to their roles as MPs and their duty to uphold the principles of the Constitution.
This violence and destruction distracted attention from the pain and anger that resulted from Clicks’ offensive and insensitive ad, Mazzone says.
“In no act committed by the EFF this week, there was a shred of compassion for the workers whose livelihoods depend on Clicks as their employer. We did not think about the loss of revenue that would occur while shops are not accessible. ”
The EFF likes to claim that it aims to empower the poor to economic freedom, but according to Mazzone, the party has done very little to implement these words.
“They like to shout it in the streets and shout on social media, but when it comes to action, their actions achieve exactly the opposite. This often leads to sporadic damage to businesses, which inevitably leads to workers – often the poorest of the poor – suffering financially. ”
The DA has meanwhile also welcomed the arrest of ten suspects, including the EFF MP, in connection with the protests.