South Africa 12.4.2018 03:45 pm

EFF’s Shivambu says De Lille is a victim of a witch-hunt

EFF South Africa tweeted these images on 11 April 2018 featuring Patricia de Lille attending the EFF's memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Brandfort with the following message: "Leaders from different political parties and organisations have come to honour Mama Winnie with messages of condolences. Her spirit is a unifying one. #EFFWinnieMandelaMemorialService"

EFF South Africa tweeted these images on 11 April 2018 featuring Patricia de Lille attending the EFF's memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Brandfort with the following message: "Leaders from different political parties and organisations have come to honour Mama Winnie with messages of condolences. Her spirit is a unifying one. #EFFWinnieMandelaMemorialService"

Shivambu says De Lille was well within her rights to pay tribute to her former colleague Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at the EFF memorial service.

The Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF’s) deputy President Floyd Shivambu tweeted that the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) utterances that it would seek an explanation from Patricia de Lille as to why she attended an event organised by the red berets are a “witch hunt”.

De Lille, who is being accused by her party of corruption, has since said that she attended the event – a memorial service for anti-apartheid struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela – held in Brandfort, Free State, to honour the struggle heroine.

In a tweet, De Lille said she will not be drawn to making her attendance a “side issue” and that she has “great respect” for Madikizela-Mandela who was a former colleague and a close friend who she regarded as a sister.

Speaking at the EFF memorial, De Lille shared a memory about how she had received assistance from Madikizela-Mandela on drafting a parliamentary question which, once she had posed it, resulted in her being suspended.

The DA Cape Town mayor further said she had marched side-by-side with the Mother of the Nation to demand that former state president Thabo Mbeki make available HIV/AIDS medication – ARVs –  during Mbeki’s AIDS denialism era.

De Lille’s attendance of the EFF memorial raised speculation that she may be about to join the EFF, or even the ANC.

She jokingly said during her speech at the memorial service in Brandfort that it is highly likely that Madikizela-Mandela would open an ANC or even an EFF branch once she reaches heaven.

ALSO READ: De Lille says she attended the EFF memorial to honour Winnie

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