EFF: Andile Mngxitama raises false alarm

2015-02-05 15:24

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has hit back at party member Andile Mngxitama following his damning comments in an exclusive interview with the SABC last night.

In the interview, Mngxitama spoke openly about the EFF’s decision to support convicted murderer Papiki Babuile, and expressed growing concerns of a lack of accountability in the party which he likened to the ANC.

“Our party is taking a position to continue to pay the salary of a convicted murder.

“This suggests that our party is failing in upholding a very high standard that we set for others for accountability and also fighting corruption,” said Mngixtama.

“We did not join the EFF so that we can recreate a political system which is rotten. I am not thinking about consequences for myself. I am thinking about consequences to the revolutionary project that we have undertaken and that we have committed ourselves to. Should I be dealt with, as you suggest, then it will be confirmation that indeed we have imported the worst of the cultures of the ANC into the EFF,” he added.

Babuile was part of a gang convicted of the murder of rival politician David Chika, who was the ANC’s regional secretary. The North Gauteng High Court in November 2014 sentenced him to 12 years for murder, and eight months for conspiracy to murder.

In its scathing response, the EFF denied the claim made by Mngxitama.

“There is a process of appeal and the EFF will stand with him (Babuile) until the legal process is fully exhausted. The EFF is also not paying him any salary and the North West provincial legislature has also since discontinued his membership of the legislature. Therefore, fighter Mngxitama is raising false alarms aimed only at painting the leadership of the EFF in bad light.”

The EFF also accused Mngxitama of colluding with the “sushi king” Kenny Kunene and ex-convict Gayton McKenzie. The party also claimed that the interview took place at Kunene’s home in Sandton.

“In all his conduct and actions outside the confines of organisational structures, what Fighter Mngxitama does not indicate is that throughout his misconduct, he has been working closely with leaders of a failed political party called Patriotic Alliance (PA), Kenny Kunene and Gayton McKenzie.

“It is unacceptable that in their news report, the SABC did not disclose the newsworthy fact that a deployee of the EFF in Parliament conducted an interview which attacks the leadership in the house of a smaller rival political party in Sandton,” said the EFF.

“The EFF will not be derailed by egomaniacs whose revolutionary conscience is derived from sushi tutelage and guidance.”

Mngxitama in turn has taken to Twitter to defend his position saying: “It’s unfortunate that instead of dealing with the matter of pledging EFF funds to pay for a convicted murderer I’m under attack by pure lies.”

He has also denied ever being in Kunene’s home.

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