ANC to welcome former EFF members

2015-05-30 09:30
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Mbombela - EFF members who earlier this week dumped the party would on Saturday be swopping their red attire for the colours of the ANC.

An event to welcome scores of former Economic Freedom Fighters into the ruling party was to be held at the Nelspruit Rugby Stadium and would be attended by Mpumlanga premier David Mabuza.

Ayanda Tshabalala who before Monday was an EFF member in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature confirmed her move.

"Yes, it is true [that I will be joining the ANC]. It is the realisation that the EFF is not an organisation and the people leading it are not interested in creating a party for the people," Tshabalala told News24.

She and Veli Manzini, Sammy Nkosi, Celi Nkambule, Caleb Sebetane, Prudence Mbalathi and Mpumelelo Masina on Monday announced they were leaving the EFF because it has departed from its founding principles.

Tshabalala said the EFF was now more of a private entity than it was a party.

"It is a PTY LTD by Melama and Floyd," she said, adding that they were using their party to advance their own interests.

Tshabalala was jovial about her move from Economic Freedom Fighters to the ruling party.

She explained that she had joined the EFF after being motivated by the ideologies of economic freedom that Malema had held whilst in the ANC Youth League.

"Now the ANC is giving us space to rebuild what Julius and Floyd had destroyed," Tshabalala said.

She believed the African National Congress was still the best party to push the ideas of economic freedom forward.

"It is the integrity of the association," she said, adding that the party had power to implement change, unlike the EFF.

It was understood that Tshabalala would be joined by scores of former EFF members in making their move official.

"It will be my first time taking an oath of the ANC but there were people who were there before and are going back," said Tshabalala.

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