Malema elected EFF president unopposed

2014-12-14 23:25

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Julius Malema was unanimously elected president of the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Malema’s nomination, by a delegate from Mpumalanga, was supported by an overwhelming show of hands of the almost 4 000 delegates.

A second, less well-known candidate, Phake Mafujane Mokabe, from the Free State, was nominated amidst murmurs by delegates and loud cheers from a group of supporters.

Mokabe, however, declined nomination as a stony-faced Malema looked on.

Malema’s right hand man and EFF chief whip in parliament, Floyd Shivambu, was unanimously nominated as Malema’s deputy.

EFF MP Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala was also nominated for the position, but she declined nomination.

EFF MP, Godrich Gardee, was elected secretary general unopposed. Mpho Ramakatsa, the current party organiser, was also nominated but he declined.

MP Hlengiwe Hlophe-Maxon was elected deputy secretary-general unopposed. Andile Mngxitama was also nominated but got very little cheers from delegates and declined nomination.

Advocate Dali Mpofu was elected national chairperson unopposed, as Tshepo Modise and Veronica Mende declined nomination.

Magdalene Moonsamy was elected treasurer unopposed, as current treasurer Leigh-Ann Mathys and Litchfield-Tshabalala declined nomination for this position.

Moses Masitha, who oversaw the nominations, had to silence excited delegates repeatedly during the nominations process.

The nominations for the party’s top six started after 10pm on Sunday night and ended just after midnight, the first day of the EFF’s three-day congress at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

The elections were conducted under the auspices of the Grace and Mercy Institute.

The nominations confirmed the existence of two camps in the EFF, a dominant one which was labelled a “youth league” faction, and another, smaller “black consciousness” faction.

Malema at a press conference earlier denied the existence of such factions and rubbished reports on these.

- This post was updated since first published

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