The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has condemned the violent behaviour of its members during the SABC’s Morning Live Election Debate in Hangberg, outside Cape Town.

The debate ended abruptly after chaos broke out on Friday morning. Various political parties had been invited to discuss issues ahead of the general election in May.

Twenty political parties took part in the debate. They include those represented in government and new comers.

Chaos erupted when the rowdy audience refused to listen to representatives from 10 political parties on stage. The debate later ended in chaos when chairs started flying.

Land Party’s Loyiso Nkohla says:”When it was about our turn to speak they started to beat people with chairs all around the community hall. We are very much disappointed.”

The EFF nationally has called on its members to exercise restraint at all times.

However, the party in the Western Cape is blaming the Land Party and Black First Land First (BLF) for the disruptions.

EFF Chairperson in Western Cape, Melikhaya Xego says:”The chairs came where the BLF and Land Party were seated and were thrown at EFF supporters and in rescuing themselves out of the situation they retaliated and is something we condemn.”

Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA) also expressed concern about the developments.

The Land Party says it has laid a complaint with the IEC on what happened.

BLF expresses disappointment

Black First Land First (BLF) has expressed disappointment over the disruption. The EFF earlier blamed both the BLF and the Land Party for the chaos.

Western Cape BLF chairperson, Ncedisa Mpemnyama, has dismissed the accusation as unfounded.

“We disgusted by the behaviour of the EFF which is undemocratic they are incapable of engaging any one especially the BLF around content issues which claim to talk about all of us the return of the land, the uprooting of poverty in our communities. We feel the fight and our inability to map out our battle plan which will launch on Saturday was because of them.”