An owner of a salon in Garsfontein, Pretoria, shut her doors on Monday after a tweet from an EFF member alleged she had been taking down posters advertising the party’s manifesto launch. Tyrone Mkansi, who does media and communications for the EFF, took to Twitter to share the removal of the poster (he alleged multiple posters were removed) and to accuse the woman of being “racist”.
We have sent Mkansi a number of questions and will update this article with his answers, which had not yet been received at the time of publication. The woman spoke to The Citizen, admitting to having removed one poster, which she said she put “neatly” in the back of the salon. Removing posters is illegal, according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
She said the poster had since been restored to its position, which the owner of the building had confirmed. She said she was worried about reopening the business, saying the EFF members who confronted her were threatening. “I worry about going back, especially because I am a woman and the people who were here were all men,” she said.
READ MORE: EFF announce their election manifesto date According to the woman, a man from the EFF was “waiting for me outside” the salon. The EFF laid charges against the woman, who in turn has laid charges against the party. “The police were very helpful,” she said.
“The EFF laid a case against me.