The statement continued that, if this wasn’t done, the party would consider going to court.
“We will write to the state president [Cyril Ramaphosa] to demand the immediate reopening of the political space … Refusal to do so will necessitate that we take additional steps including approaching the courts to challenge the constitutionality of closing the political space while many people are gathering in workplaces, malls, restaurants and [at] religious gatherings.
“We will do so because denying people the right to democratically challenge the sitting government is an affront to the constitution and democratic order,” the statement read.
The EFF also said that it was important to allow political gatherings, with the country likely to hold local government elections before the end of November this year.
“To disallow political programmes and activities is therefore undemocratic and irrational, because political parties are not allowed to prepare for elections freely and fairly. Denying political parties to freely campaign for elections is unconstitutional and violates the essence of a democratic order,” the EFF said.