EFF in desperate bid to address internal issues

2015-03-09 00:00

SUSPENDED EFF MPs have begun their fight to address issues within the party, with a meeting held in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend on Saturday.

EFF MP Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala said the provincial consultation meeting was held as part of the Save the Soul of the EFF campaign, in an effort to rid the party of internal issues which she says go against the EFF’s founding principles.

“Members of the party are not abiding by the founding principles of the partyWe are committed to the foundation principles of the party and we cannot allow this to happen,” she said.

Litchfield-Tshabalala, Andile Mngxitama, Lucky Thwala and Mpho Ramakatsa were suspended by the party after a quarrel with other members at a press conference before the State of the Nation address.

She said that one example was that during the elective conferenceheld in Durban last week, not all the regions’ representatives of the EFF were present and the election outcome of the election could therefore not be democratic. “Only four of the 11 regions were present, yet the conference was allowed to continueThe outcome of the elections cannot be democratic,” Litchfield-Tshabalala said.

Other issuesdiscussed at the meeting werethat of “ghost branches”of the EFF around the country, where some branches consisted of only two members, who voted for each other and were able to advance through the party’s ranks.

Litchfield-Tshabalala said EFF members had been instructed by the party’s senior officials not to engage with the suspended members.

However, she said, about 200 members from across the province had attended the weekend meeting. “We have no intention of leaving the EFF. The EFF is our last hope. We want the party to follow its guidelines We will stand up for the party because it needs to be remodelled,” she said.

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