‘Unhappy’ EFF members form splinter party

2014-10-10 12:03

Several disgruntled members of the Economic Freedom Fighters have left the party to form a group called the New Economic Freedom Front.

“It was started on August 29. We are receiving phone calls daily from EFF members from all over the country who are unhappy and want to join us,” a former EFF regional coordinator Wonder Sentimile said today.

“We have not yet verified the number of members we have, but it is growing daily.”

Sentimile, who was the EFF’s Thabo Mofutsanyana district coordinator in the Free State, would lead the new party until its structures had been formed and an elective conference held.

Sentimile said he left the EFF early in August because its leaders were “liars and hypocrites who stole the votes of the poor masses”.

“They lied to members and the poor people,” he said.

EFF members had agreed before the May general election that they would not take anything from the government.

“Immediately after the election, they received everything from government – air tickets, accommodation, money in Parliament,” said Sentimile.

“We were not supposed to take from the government. We have people who are suffering. They lied to members and the poor people. They have stolen the votes of the poor masses of our people.”

Sentimile said he was not happy with the “practices” of the EFF.

“Every meeting you attend in the EFF, there is no platform to enquire about any decisions being made. I have spoken to them several times – [EFF leader] Julius Malema, [Chief Whip] Floyd Shivambu, etc. They say if you are not satisfied with the decisions they are making you can leave the organisation.”

Before Sentimile left the party, he was suspended.

“They suspended me without a hearing. They did not have a reason. They say I violated their constitution.”

A month before Sentimile’s suspension, he had written a letter to Malema over the EFF’s “unjust practices”.

In August, Sentimile decided it was time to leave as he was unhappy.

He said his new party had a different approach to the EFF policy on expropriation of land.

“We won’t ignore the fact that white people had taken the land, and in taking it they became the custodians of the land,” he said.

“We need the land, but we need to appreciate whatever they have done for the upliftment of South Africa and in sustaining the country and the land.

“The type of appreciation we are talking about is a compensation for them. We are not going to be ignorant. We can’t just take the land without compensation. We can’t ignore how they [white people] helped with the land.”

He said the New Economic Freedom Front would be a national political party.

“We are busy right now campaigning and are busy with our website.”

Malema and EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi could not immediately be reached for comment today.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.