Warren Mabona
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17 Jul 2015
9:00 am

‘EFF member defection to DA signals disgruntlement’

Warren Mabona

The defection of two senior Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members to the DA has signaled rampant membership disgruntlement towards the party's national leadership, expelled EFF MP Andile Mngxitama said yesterday.

EFF members sing revolutionary songs at Mangaung Youth Centre in Bloemfontein, 21 February 2015, before the address by the rebel EFF MPs rally. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The defectees are Romeo Matjila and Sam Makubane. They claimed promises were made to the members in the party, adding they only benefited its leader Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu.

In May, Matjila was part of the EFF faction in the North West which publicly defied the national leadership’s order to support Malema in his court battle against the South African Revenue Services. He told The Citizen at the time it was incumbent upon Malema to see himself out of his tax woes.

Mngxitama said he was currently consulting people seeking fundamental change across the country, but would not elaborate. He said the EFF has now been reduced to an anti-Zuma movement mainly making noise in parliament.

“The EFF is an instrument of good life for its senior leaders,” said Mngxitama.

“I am very disappointed that Romeo has left. This shows we need change but I don’t think going to the DA is an answer.”

DA leader in the North West Joe McGluwa said his party welcomed the duo to their ranks at a ceremony in Potchefstroom yesterday.

“They have already enrolled as official members and pledged to work hard to take the DA forward in governing Tlokwe after the 2016 local government elections,” said McGluwa.

According to McGluwa, Matjila and Makubane packaged their EFF items – including a cap and a beret – into a box to be couriered to Malema in Cape Town. He said a note in the package reads: “Thank You but no thank you.”

Juanita Terblanche, DA MP and Tlokwe constituency head, said: “They (Matjila and Makubane) do not want to be in a party that says things must be burned and damaged.”

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said his party was unfazed by the pair’s departure. He added: “We are happy the EFF is rejecting people who are masquerading as revolutionaries.”