WATCH | Four EFF members taken to hospital after 'Defenders of the Revolution' attack

The instigator of the use of pepper spray - a man whose face is always covered with a balaclava, but is known to EFF members as "The General" - was fired on the spot for the incident, according to party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

"It's 'The General'. He gets excited, but he has been fired," said Ndlozi.

In the aftermath of the fracas, delegates blamed newly elected EFF secretary-general Marshall Dlamini for the incident.

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