Throngs of EFF supporters flooded into the grounds of Durban’s Curries Fountain‚ setting the field awash with red as a crowd of nearly 5‚000 party faithful‚ among them several hundred children‚ took their place in front of a large stage as bus loads of supporters continued to arrive from regions across the province.
EFF commander-in-chief Julius Malema is expected to deliver a keynote address at the full-day event.
This as a significant police force‚ comprising of Public Order Policing Unit members and eThekwini Metro riot police‚ monitored the crowd. A water cannon‚ typically used for crowd control‚ was also on standby.
The party has spent the week traversing Durban and KwaZulu-Natal as it drummed up support ahead of the Saturday’s celebrations. Not only did leadership meet with students – a core support base – but a visit was also paid to King Goodwill Zwelithini.