EFF branches happy with dissolution of structures in KZN, EC

2016-09-08 13:04

(Erin Bates)

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Johannesburg - The EFF's decision to dissolve its leadership structures in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape is a welcome relief, party members in those provinces told News24 on Wednesday.

"If we can start from the ground and go back to branches and elect people who are eligible for the job, we will get a better result come the 2019 national elections, and we could have had a better result this year as well," said a member who did not want to be named.

EFF leader Julius Malema said on Monday that the party would dissolve the provincial and regional command teams in both provinces.

They would be replaced by interim structures which would rebuild branches and convene regional assemblies.

The EFF member said the party's national leaders knew about problems in KwaZulu-Natal before the August 3 local government elections.

"The branches were vocal that they did not want the current provincial leadership because they did not give guidance to branches, but the national leadership was unable to intervene because it was too close to the elections," the member said.

Mediocrity not rewarded

An EFF member in the Eastern Cape said some branches were "generally unhappy" with their leaders in the province.

"The fact is that we are in an ANC stronghold. The Eastern Cape was the birthplace of many ANC stalwarts and most of them are buried here. We knew that we were fighting in an ANC home ground and it had an advantage, and we also knew that some of our branches were not happy with the leadership."

EFF leader in the Eastern Cape Siyabulela Peter declined to comment. "The best thing I can do is to keep quiet."

Malema said all EFF councillors in wards that received less than 100 votes would be replaced by candidates in wards where the party had received the most votes. 

This was aimed at rewarding those who had worked hard for the party while ensuring that mediocrity was not rewarded, he said.

In the Eastern Cape the EFF received 5.29% of the votes, and in KwaZulu-Natal 3.54%.

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