EFF has not met with Vavi, Numsa – Julius Malema

2014-01-09 17:39

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Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has denied claims that he has met metalworkers’ union Numsa and the trade federation Cosatu’s suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

“I have never met Vavi ... There is no such discussion between us and Vavi, even Numsa. We are not in discussions with Numsa,” Malema told reporters in Johannesburg today.

However, the EFF did want to meet with Numsa.

“We are creating an initiative to meet with Numsa ... We think we are sharing the same ideological perspective and there is no need for us to disagree and fight publicly,” he said.

Malema said the EFF welcomed the outcomes of Numsa’s special congress, at which it decided not to support the ANC in this year’s elections.

“All workers should be like Numsa and appreciate that the ANC is not and will never be a vehicle to liberate the working class, because they still believe that social grants and lousy RDP houses are means to emancipate the working class.”

ANC national executive committee member Tito Mboweni and Vavi yesterday had a war of words on social networking site Twitter.

Mboweni asked Vavi if he had declined nomination to the ANC’s list for Parliament because he was in talks with the EFF.

“@Zwelinzima1 You wrote about why you decline nomination for Parly. Is that the truth? Or is it because of EFF/Numsa coalition leadership?,” Mboweni tweeted.

“@Zwelinzima1 It is public knowledge that negotiations are on between Numsa and EFF about whether you or Juju [Malema] should lead EFF to elections?”

Vavi tweeted: “Who else have heard this ‘public knowledge’ except some day dreamer with a paranoid mindset? Ndiqhelwa kakubi ngoku [loosely translated as ‘some people are getting too cosy with one another’].”

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