Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have raised concern over the usage of the party’s para-military security unit, known as the Defenders of the Revolution (DOR).

Delegates attending EFF’s Second National People’s Assembly in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, want marshals used instead of the DOR.

They are upset after four female delegates were pepper sprayed during a tussle on Saturday.

They were taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It’s reported that the head of the DOR was involved in the incident and has since been fired.

EFF leader Julius Malema has apologised to delegates for the incident.

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Malema also urged EFF members to bear with the DOR, saying they have put their lives at risk with the aim of protecting EFF conferences.

“You come here and tell us you don’t want them when they were beaten with stones in Tshwane and Gauteng and everywhere else protecting the conferences of EFF. We shouldn’t have that type of attitude. We must train them and we must make sure they have the necessary skills to deal particularly with legitimate delegates. However, when it comes to rascals and any agent provocateur they must deal with it without thinking twice in protection of the red flag the EFF,” adds Malema.

Currently, the delegates are discussing the political, organisational and financial reports that were presented yesterday.