Magdalene Moonsamy dumps ANC for EFF

2013-12-15 10:50

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Spin doctor swaps her role to don a red beret.

Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) national executive committee member and spin doctor Magdalene Moonsamy has dumped the ANC after 19 years to join the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Moonsamy was appointed as the EFF’s head of international relations and solidarity. She started reporting for duty at the party’s headquarters in Braamfontein last Friday.

Moonsamy (35) was a member of the Julius Malema-led NEC which was disbanded last year for “sowing division” in the ANC.

Moonsamy cut her teeth in politics as a teenager during the apartheid regime in KwaZulu-Natal. She rose through the ranks when she was elected to serve in the provincial executive committee of the league in the province in 1999.

She was later elected to serve in the NEC of the league in 2004 under the leadership of Fikile Mbalula.

Speaking to City Press this week, Moonsamy confirmed that she had divorced the ANC to join the red beret brigade.

Moonsamy attributed her decision to President Jacob Zuma’s “poor” leadership qualities and the party’s “loss of integrity” and its “moral compass”.

“President Jacob Zuma has destroyed the ANCYL that the young Nelson Mandela co-founded,” said Moonsamy.

“The ANC’s failure to act on the Public Protector’s findings on the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the textbook scandal, Dina Pule’s scandal and Nkandla is an indication this is no longer the party of Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and OR Tambo.”

Moonsamy also attributed her resignation from the ANC to what she called the suppression of dissenting views by Zuma.

“I was suppressed for holding different views and not given space to participate freely in issues that affect our society. We were treated like late bloomers. I then asked myself if I should fold my arms and do nothing.

“I therefore came to a conclusion that I should leave so I can cleanse and sanitise the ANC from outside. I’m appealing to the young Mandelas to stand up and fight for their future?–?and the time to fight is now.”

Moonsamy said although she had left the ANC with a heavy heart, she was happy that her family had supported her decision.

“Everything in the [family] house is green, black and gold. So it was so difficult for them to let me take this step, but they were very worried about the things I experienced recently in the ANC.

“Eventually, they said to me, ‘This is not the ANC we all wanted to use to build our nation’ and they gave me their blessings,” said a visibly saddened Moonsamy.

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