Deputy president of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Floyd Shivamvu slated leader of Black First Land First (BLF) Andile Mngxitama as “untidy”.
This after the self-proclaimed Bikoist penned an open letter to EFF leader Julius Malema on Saturday. In the letter, the BLF leader makes a “revolutionary” call to his former party to shun any talks of a coalition with “Helen Zille’s racist party of white monopoly capital”.
Mngxitama called on Malema to choose between the “petty hatred” of President Jacob Zuma or “turn the current impasse into a breakthrough for our long-suffering people”.
“Black First Land First (BLF) calls on the EFF to break ranks with the imperialist agenda and choose the path of revolutionary progress by abandoning any talk of a coalition with the racist party of white monopoly capital, the Democratic Alliance (DA) of Helen Zille. A coalition with the DA shall only benefit the same people who have benefited from stealing our land.
“Mr Malema, you are being called upon to step forward and change the course of history. You can choose to be consumed by petty hatred of Jacob Zuma or you can choose to be inspired by a revolutionary vision and turn the current impasse into a breakthrough for our long-suffering people.
“At this hour the ANC needs what the EFF can give and in turn the ANC has what can be used by the EFF to end the suffering of our people. The percentage of the vote the EFF has can save the major metropolitan cities from falling into the hands of the racist anti-black DA. The ANC needs nothing more than that possibility. Only EFF can save us from the white rule of DA in these metros. The ANC knows this, as all of us do,” wrote Mngxitama.
Shivambu, however, said they would not take advice from an “untidy conman” such as Mngxitama.
“We will never take advice from untidy conmen like @Mngxitama who lead small cults & have no sense of Organisational discipline.”
Mngxitama used to be a high-ranking member of the party who was charged with policy development and pushing the agenda of land reform, while also being a member of parliament. After the EFF’s first elective conference, he and other disillusioned EFF MPs, such as then national organiser Mpho Ramakatsa, fell out with the EFF. Ramakatsa threatened that he would go to court to declare the results of the conference invalid. Mngxitama started to leak letters of concern that he was writing to Malema to the press. He and the other EFF dissidents were eventually booted from the party. Mngxitama, Ramakatsa and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala were expelled, while a fourth MP, Lucky Twala, received a three-year suspension that was suspended for one year.