Andile Mngxitama slams Malema

FILE PICTURE: Former EFF member, Andile Mngxitama speaks to media in Sandton, Johannesburg, 17 February 2015, at an EFF faction briefing. Picture Nigel Sibanda

Suspended Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Andile Mngxitama remained defiant on Friday, describing EFF leader Julius Malema as “worse than the ANC” and “mad person”. 

Speaking to The Citizen on the eve of the disgruntled EFF MPs rally scheduled to take place in Rocklands, Bloemfontein, Mngxitama said: “When he was expelled already we know he was addressing members of the ANC.

The ANC did not expel those members but he is expelling members of his party who are coming to a meeting of their own, not of expelled people.”

This after the EFF said those who participate in the meeting would be defining themselves outside the party.

“There is ample platform within the EFF to raise whatever matters, no matter how urgent and discomfortable,” said EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in a statement this week.

“This meeting is not one of them, thus those who are loyal to the EFF must stay away from it,” he said, referring to the Bloemfontein meeting.

Mngxitama was suspended this week along with other EFF MPs Mpho Ramakatsa, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Lucky Twala for bringing the party into disrepute.

A highly-spirited Mngxitama said it was an indictment that a new revolutionary party that claims to bring new politics behaves worse than the “dictatorial ANC”.

“We cannot be worse than the ANC, we must to do better. That is why we call for accountability in the EFF leadership.”

Mngxitama lambasted Malema, saying: “It is shocking when Julius says initially we just speak for ourselves, now we call a meeting like this one he is stopping people from coming here”.

He accused Malema of intimidating people. “There is massive intimidation on the ground to try and stop people from coming to this rally,” said Mngxitama.

“In Tshwane, I know that they told those fighters who are coming here and who are going to meet at a particular point that they will not be allowed to meet at that particular point.”

Mngxitama added that the “The Save the Soul of EFF” rally was not about leadership change, nor was it about dividing the EFF.

“On the contrary, it’s about correcting the wrongs that are destroying our party from within like a cancer.”


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