National 28.7.2016 10:57 pm

EFF Limpopo boss rejoins ANC, saying EFF lives in dreamland

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe welcomes EFFs Limpopo leader Mike Mathebe in Polokwane on Thursday. Photo: Chester Makana

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe welcomes EFFs Limpopo leader Mike Mathebe in Polokwane on Thursday. Photo: Chester Makana

Mike Mathebe has been warmly welcomed back into the ruling party after saying EFF policies are impossible to implement.

Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo’s MPL and chairman Mike Mathebe rejoined the ANC on Thursday, claiming that Julius Malema’s party policy was mere theory.

“At that time there was a theory, but when we look at the practice it looks impossible to implement. I see that there is no any practicality in terms of what EFF is thinking about their policy,” Mathebe said when he was welcomed by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday in Polokwane.

Mathebe said he would not want to settle in EFF’s “dreamland” but wanted to live to see a practical policy.

However, he failed to point out which EFF policy he deemed impractical.

He denied the notion that he was joining the ANC as a spy.

“There were compelling reasons why I joined [the] EFF at that time; I was not prepared to be an agent of anybody.”

Mantashe also used the media briefing to defend Limpopo premier and ANC provincial chairperson Stanley Mathabatha, who has been under fire.

Mathabatha has become unpopular after he announced ANC Youth League leader Vincent Shoba as the mayoral candidate for the Greater Tubatse municipality.

Mantashe said it was dangerous and mischievous to fight over the position in the province’s platinum belt municipality in Sekhuhune.

“It would be mischievous and dangerous to fight over that mayor of Tubatse,” said Mantashe.

He warned that the fight over positions in the area had the potential to hurt the ruling party.

Mantashe said that people should not do that because that hurt the image and the integrity of the ANC.

Mantashe was in the province to help the party campaign for the local government elections on August 3.

However, EFF provincial secretary Jossy Buthane told African News Agency that Mathebe had not resigned from the EFF.

“We are hearing that for the first time from you; Mike Mathebe did not resign. I am surprised,” said Buthane.

– African News Agency

poll

today in print