Tragedy struck during the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) 10th-anniversary celebrations at a massive rally in FNB Stadium in Johannesburg when a fan fell to his death on Saturday.
The party have offered to pay for the funeral of its supporter.
The supporter, who had joined more than 95,000 others at the stadium in celebration of the red berets anniversary, allegedly fell from level five to level two at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Gauteng police confirmed that an inquest docket into the supporter’s death was opened and police were investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.
It is believed the man was dancing when he fell over from level five in the stands of the stadium.
“The EFF is aware of the unfortunate passing of an attendee to the 10th Anniversary Rally at FNB Stadium, who according to reports, fell to his death on the day of the event from one of the stands. We send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased, and pray that his soul rests in eternal peace.
“The leadership of the EFF will visit the family of the deceased, and take care of all funeral arrangements in honour of his life, as someone who formed part of the historic celebration of our movement,” the party said in a statement on Sunday evening.
The party issued a statement to thank the people of South Africa, the continent and the world, for forming part of the EFF 10th Anniversary Rally, and all of its celebrations in the lead up to the historic rally at FNB Stadium.
The party had been on a celebratory trail in the last few weeks in honour of its 10th anniversary.
The Road To FNB Stadium was marked by philanthropic, developmental and educational projects by the EFF.
These included, infrastructural development of old age homes, orphanages and disability centres across all nine provinces of South Africa. The EFF further donated R100 000 to all of these centres, to cater for their most immediate needs. These centres have now been adopted by the EFF and will remain as sites where the EFF made contributions to.
Additional to this, the EFF launched a Stage play titled Leruo, which reflected on the history of the EFF and the prevailing socio-economic conditions confronting the society.
They also held an essay and poetry competition, where nine winners who wrote an essay reflecting on the 10 years of the EFF received R40,000 each. The winner of the EFF poetry competition received R50,000.
It also embarked on a commemorative walk from Uncle Toms Hall in Soweto, released the 5th Jazz Hour Album, hosted the EFF 10th Anniversary Exhibition, a carnival, a lecture by Professor Patrick Lumumba and a celebration in Marikana in the North West.
“The EFF has made a monumental impact on the body politic of South Africa, and has undoubtedly changed the nations appreciation of our democracy for the better. We wish to extend our appreciation to all those who have been part of the successful Road To FNB Stadium,” the party said.