Leader of New EFF attacks Malema's 'dictatorship'

2014-11-04 12:44
Leader of the 'New EFF', Wonder Sentimile. (News24)

Leader of the 'New EFF', Wonder Sentimile. (News24)

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Cape Town - As News24 reveals the first picture of Wonder Sentimile, the leader of the 'New EFF', he explains why Julius Malema's party is rife with internal tension - which he expects to erupt at the party's December conference.

Sentimile, a former regional co-ordinator for the EFF, claims the party's "dictatorship" will be exposed at its conference, the National People's Assembly.

The 38-year-old, from Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State, said: "Mark my words...see what happens at the conference."

The conference, which EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed is due to take place 13-16 December, will be a big test for the party.

It will be its first elective conference - where the leadership must be endorsed by the delegates.

While leader Julius Malema is not expected to be challenged for the top job, it will give delegates the chance to air their concerns and discuss party objectives.

Unlike other political parties, the EFF currently has no official mechanism or channel through which different objectives can be heard.

'No chance to speak'

What's more, according to Sentimile, any attempts from members outside the top ranks of the EFF to challenge the party's direction are "shouted down".

He explained: "Inside the EFF, he [Malema] doesn't allow us to bring up issues of concern - so they don't give any chance to anyone to question their decisions.

"We had a lot of meetings where we found that the leaders of the province, we just listened to them without being given a chance to speak. If people want to speak they are being threatened."

Sentimile, who is also a pastor, abandoned the EFF after his attempts to be heard were met with a suspension notice from the party. He said he tried to write a "simple letter highlighting the revolution of the poor - the masses".

He said he, among other members, was concerned by the change of direction the party has taken since it had got into power.

'Movement of self-enrichment'

Sentimile told News24: "Remember that the EFF wanted to advance this country emancipating our people.

"All those goals and objectives have been forgotten about. They said they had a vision that they would give to South Africa and to the world. A programme, a commitment. They have changed totally. Now this is a movement of self-enrichment."

He claimed that while many of the party members still honour the party’s pre-election agenda, it is the top ranks who have changed.

Sentimile said: “The problem is that the upper structure - from Malema, Flloyd, everyone one of them is following a personal agenda.”

As News24 reported last month, the EFF has so far refused to answer the charges laid at its door by Sentimile.

The EFF's spokesman Ndlozi did not respond to further requests for comment following this interview.

Meanwhile, some critics have suggested that Sentimile's moves are part of an ANC-led plot against the EFF.

Sentimile however, said he has never been a member of the ANC, and had joined the EFF from the DPSA - the Dikwankwetia Party of South Africa.

'Motive' behind restructuring

Indeed, Sentimile claims that despite gathering members from all political backgrounds in the run up to the election, the EFF has rearranged itself to favour former ANC Youth League members above others in the months since.

He told News24 that as soon as the EFF got into parliament their reshuffling and restructuring had a "motive behind it".

Sentimile claimed: "All the restructuring they are making, they call their former colleagues from the ANC Youth League.

"Everything that they have said or put in order, is everything that is in their favour."

While not yet officially registered with the Electoral Commission, Sentimile said he would disclose more information about his party, and its members, "this coming week".

It is unclear how many members he has recruited, however he insisted that many people from across the Free State, the North West and Gauteng have contacted him.

As for the New EFF's funding, Sentimile said: "God will provide". He added: "To the people of SA, I want to assure that the members and supporters that this is a strong movement."

- News24

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