The EFF has denied allegations that they had initiated the fight that was captured on camera at Hungry Lion in East London.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) live true to the latter part of their name. The political party is embroiled in a punchy squabble with a Hungry Lion branch in the Eastern Cape.
The Daily Dispatch has revealed that the police in East London are investigating a case of assault after EFF members entered a Hungry Lion store to force the franchise to award their employee (a member of the EFF) a permanent contract.
The party’s argument was that the worker had been employed on a casual contract for 16 years. Xolile Mboni, the EFF’s regional spokesperson stated that they were forced to mobilise and confront the management of the store after the worker suffered an injury on duty.
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On 28 September, Eastern Cape News posted a video of Mboni confronting the Hungry Lion management regarding the employment conditions of the worker.
EFF BCM at Hungry Lion pic.twitter.com/HFEdRgocJz
— ecnewslive.co.za (@easterncapenews) September 28, 2018
This is something one of the staffers (who asked to remain anonymous) had expected as they were warned about it by the worker’s family after the incident that befell her.
“Her family told us that they will bring the EFF here”, she said.
The Daily Dispatch has reported that the EFF has also been accused of stealing fried chicken from the franchise that is located in Caxton Street.
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A source that provided the Daily Dispatch with the video you will see below recalled the events that took place before the fight ensued.
“They were jumping on the chairs and interrupting all the customers. When I wanted to ask what they were doing they also attacked me and another employee, whom they also injured. They threw juice at us and customers ran”, the source stated.
Mboni, however, has denied these allegations and has a different account of what happened.
“We have a programme where we are visiting all these companies to check if they comply with the labour laws. We received a complaint that Hungry Lion has a lady who has been a casual worker for 16 years and she is not being made permanent.
“There was a judgment from the Constitutional Court that after three months a person must be made permanent We went there and engaged with the management and they welcomed us. They said they would resolve the issue we raised with them and told us they will make her permanent”, Mboni added.
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Mboni claims that the instigator behind the fight that ensued is an employee at Hungry Lion.
“That is when fighters responded. We were not going to fold our arms and do nothing. This happened in front of the manager and the manager distanced himself from what the employee had done”, he stated.
Warrant Officer Hazel Mqala, East London’s police spokesperson, has revealed that they were investigating a case of common assault.