Malema promises forgiveness

2014-12-16 15:44

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema said those who revolted during the party's leadership elections would be forgiven and not lose their jobs as MPs.

In a reconciliatory closing speech no longer than 20 minutes following a grueling nominations process for the 35 additional members to the party's central command team last night, Malema said: "All of us, we must continue to observe the discipline of the organisation. We are all new in politics and therefore we must be patient with each other. We are going to take each other through, for tomorrow we are going to be better politicians.

"To all those who accepted nomination and didn't make the threshold, to all those who declined nomination, it is your call. You remain members of the EFF. There is no one who is going to deal with you for having accepted nomination or declined nomination.

"No members of parliament will be removed from parliament after he or she declined or accepted nomination.

"All of us, whatever happened here happened within the rules and practices of the organisation. We are a living organisation. This was one of the perfect conferences I ever attended.

Those who still see us as coming from the ANC, you are backdated. Don't see us as that. It doesn't matter where we come from, we are born again."

Malema was referring to MPs Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala who declined nominations to the additional members list due to apparent differences with the party's leadership over the pre-lobbied nomination lists given to delegates to nominate from.

Malema said those who burnt the nomination lists outside the hall last night were allowed to do so and would be forgiven, because those were not official EFF material.

A delegate from the Western Cape which burnt a doek of the EFF should, however, have their membership cancelled, said Malema.

The conference lasted three days, excluding the first nominations day, and, except for differences about the nominations last night, went off smoothly.

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