Picture: ABIGAIL JAVIER
Picture: ABIGAIL JAVIER

THE ANC must stop looking for "scapegoats" by blaming opposition parties for its internal problems, the EFF said on Monday.

Responding to allegations by the ANC Youth League that the #OccupyLuthuliHouse campaign was funded by the EFF, party chairman Dali Mpofu said the EFF did not need to spend money on killing a dead organisation.

"Why would we spend R5m to kill an organisation that is already on its death bed," said Mpofu at a media briefing.

The ANC drew out its military veterans and its youth league to "defend" the party’s headquarters against a protest calling for President Jacob Zuma to resign.

A large number of vehicles belonging to the Ekurhuleni Metro Police Department were also seen in central Johannesburg on Monday. It was unclear whether they were called on to assist, as spokesman Clifford Shongwe did not know anything about it, saying he would have to inquire from higher ranking officials.

Ekurhuleni is run by the ANC, while the Johannesburg Metro Police, who were also on site, now report to a DA-led metro.

Mpofu added that the ANC’s use of the MK Military Veterans to defend Luthuli House was an indication that the party was preparing "itself to be a massive repressive state".

Evidence of this were accusations that party leader Julius Malema and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela were working for the Central Intelligence Agency.

"The ANC must stop looking for scapegoats, third forces and ghosts because the problem is in the ANC itself," he said.

Meanwhile, ANCYL and MK veterans continued to "defend" Luthuli House in running battles with the protesters outside the party headquarters.

The protesters eventually handed over their memorandum to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.