Former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) member Lufuno Gogoro took to Facebook on Monday afternoon to announce that his former party was laying charges of corruption against him.
He wrote: “The EFF Regional Deputy Secretary has opened a case of corruption against me. The question is who did I corrupted and with what? [sic] Let the Law take its course.”
He tweeted EFF leader Julius Malema directly on Sunday, in response to what appears to be an allegation that he was somehow working with the ANC. The charge of corruption may be related to the recent allegation of bribery attempts the EFF made against ANC member Dan Bovu.
Gogoro accused Malema of having “wet dreams” about him.
— Lufuno Gogoro (@FuneyM) August 21, 2016
Former EFF treasurer Wiekus Kotze also commented, calling the EFF leader “paranoid”.
— Wiekusk (@Wiekusko) August 21, 2016
Gogoro and Kotze are now understood to be party members of the Patriotic Alliance.
When The Citizen tried to phone Gogoro to ask about the matter, our call went to voicemail. It was clear from his Facebook that he is not yet sure what he is being charged with and why.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi’s phone also rang unanswered.
Last year it was reported that Gogoro had to flee his family home in fear of EFF leaders. He claimed that people clad in full EFF regalia allegedly assaulted his mother, Elisa Gogoro, in Freedom Park, south Johannesburg. He said the group searched the his mother’s home and took R20 000 hidden in a wardrobe.
He went into hiding at the time.
Ndlozi said at the time: “The actions of these fighters were not of any official instruction by the leadership.”
Gogoro said the threats started shortly after he called a media briefing, vowing to “physically remove Malema from office”.
Gogoro was among a group of EFF members calling themselves “defenders of the EFF constitution”, who were pushing for Malema’s resignation or suspension.
They attempted to get an urgent interdict against Malema and the EFF leadership, but failed. They also wanted the court to nullify the EFF’s national people’s assembly and provincial conferences that took place in 2014 and to freeze EFF bank accounts, none of which happened.