A video of supporters of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) marching through Durban’s CBD on Monday evening was shared on social media this week.
The EFF student protesters can be seen in the video wearing the party’s iconic red berets and mostly red clothes, as they sing and walk down the downtown street. A person is seen standing in a police van as protesters make their way to the beach.
It was not known at the outset why the members of the EFF had started the march.
Watch the video of the walk through the CBD circulating on social media here:
EFF regional president Vuzi Khoza said on Tuesday that the protesters were members of the EFF’s student command division. He said protesters took to the streets to express their support for the president of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at Durban University of Technology (DUT) who had been dismissed from his post and been subject to ” an internal disciplinary hearing.
“The students decided to demonstrate in support of him,” Khoza said.
KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesperson Nqobile Gwala said students marched through downtown Durban but no incidents of violence were reported.
“We can confirm that there was a march last night where a group of students marched through the CBD. No incidents have been reported, ”Gwala said.
The DUT has been at the center of student politics in recent months after members of the South African Student Congress (COSAS) and members of the EFF Student Command clashed off campus. The students were reportedly involved in a dispute over the location of campaign tables outside the university’s Steve Biko campus. Several students were injured in the violent clashes, and a video of the students at war was widely shared on social media at the time.
Members of the EFF Student Command march through Durban’s CBD
SourceMembers of the EFF Student Command march through Durban’s CBD