Why would EFF leaders resign? Zorro Boshielo spills the beans

2015-03-18 12:49

The chairperson of the EFF in Gauteng and the deputy secretary of the province have announced their resignations from the party. It seems to all come down to trust, grassroots issues and the belief that the party has “no soul”.

Speaking to City Press this afternoon, former chairperson Zorro Boshielo confirmed that he was no longer a member of the EFF.

When asked whether or not he was aligning himself with the four rebel MPs, Mpho Ramakatsa, Lucky Twala, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Andile Mngxitama and their “save the soul of the EFF” campaign, Boshielo said: “The truth is that there is no soul to save in the EFF.”

“I am not on the side of those who want to save the soul of the EFF nor can I align myself with the party.

“The atmosphere in the party is not conducive to revolutionary practice. I don’t trust what is happening in the party and so I cannot represent it,” he added.

Deputy secretary Kim Heller was not willing to share why she left the party but did confirm her resignation.

“I don’t want to go into the reasons at this time, but I think you can expect a lot more resignations from our [provincial command team],” she said.

Boshielo said that he had joined the party because he saw an opportunity to be a part of a leftist party. Instead, the organisation had become a celebrity party.

“We are a parliamentary party which the public looks to for a show. This is not the reality for those of us who are on the ground with real issues. I belong to the ground and that is why I feel I can no longer be a part of the party.”

Boshielo also said that for the sake of his love for the party he thought that this was the best time to leave it and hand over to leadership who can decide for themselves what the best way forward is.

He also described a party that is riddled with in-fighting that made it difficult for him and other fighters to go about their duties.

“It feels good not to be an EFF member.”

Party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was not available for comment.

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