Juju ‘purging EFF’ – Suspended MP

FILE PICTURE: Suspended EFF member Mpho Ramakatsa. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

FILE PICTURE: Suspended EFF member Mpho Ramakatsa. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Suspended Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP Mpho Ramakatsa has lashed out at Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu, accusing them of purging party members who did not support them at the December elective congress.

“The EFF leadership is disintegrating the organisation,” Ramakatsa told The Citizen. “People who did not support Julius and Floyd are being purged. “I know a number of EFF members and employees that are being purged.”

Ramakatsa, former EFF national coordinator, claimed structures that did not support Malema and Shivambu are also being purged. This is after it emerged that pro-Malema party officials in the EFF were allegedly removing members who attended the rebel gathering in Bloemfontein last weekend.

EFF member Alima Thole, who is accused of organising the rally under the theme Save the Soul of the EFF, was on Monday told to leave the party. Thole said: “They accuse me of writing a letter using the party’s letterhead to assist ward 14 with a request for a venue for a mass meeting. I had been assisting other branches. I am surprised they have a problem with this branch.” She said was still waiting for her expulsion letter and denied she attended the rally. “I was at home, I cannot be at two places at the same time,” said Thole.

Willie Tshabalala, an MPL, is also in the firing line. A known supporter of Ramakatsa, he allegedly attended the rally in Bloemfontein. Another anti-Malema leader, Austin Semela, was purged after he declared his support for Ramakatsa during December party elections at which Malema was re-elected party leader.

He was sacked earlier this year as membership officer in the party’s provincial office. Semela said: “We hear we will be suspended from the party for attending a rally. I am still waiting for a suspension letter.” EFF’s ward 29 secretary Frans Mmutlanya is also said to be facing the chop.

However, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party has not decided whether to take action against people who attended the rally. “The leadership has not met,” said Ndlozi. “There is a war council on Monday.” The rebels, Ramakatsa, Andile Mngxitama, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Lucky Twala, were all suspended last week for bringing the party into disrepute. They are expected to appear before the party’s disciplinary hearing next week.


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