Ex-EFF MPL shocked at R40m ANC deal claims

2015-06-11 15:54
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Mbombela - Former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chief Whip in the Mpumalanga legislature Ayanda Shabalala has reacted with shock after allegations surfaced she was paid R40m to bring more than 1 000 EFF members to the African National Congress (ANC).

The allegations, coming from EFF leader in the provincial legislature Collen Sedibe, emerged following the defection of the EFF members who were officially welcomed into the ANC at the end of May.

Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele and State Security Minister David Mahlobo personally welcomed the members at a media conference in Mbombela in their capacities as ANC national executive committee members.

"Sedibe is well known as a pathological liar, hence is known as Pelepele [Chili Pepper] and Matsembisa [Promise Maker]. Honestly, no sane person takes him and his leadership capacity seriously. I am just dumbfounded by these claims of R40m coming my way," Shabalala told African Eye News Service on Thursday.

Sedibe and some of his supporters circulated the tender rumour on social network Facebook, prompting many to believe Shabalala would not hand over more than 1 000 EFF members to the ANC without any form of payment.

When challenged to surrender the evidence for the R40m tender claim, Sedibe failed.

"I cannot say where I got the information from, but truth be told, they have been given R40m to deal with this tender of luring members of the EFF to the ANC. They will fail because some of the members they approached refused to join the defectors," said Sedibe.

Shabalala said Sedibe was only reacting with anger because she has a new home in the ANC.

"Sedibe must give himself permission to move on and focus on his legislature work. He must let go of the anger, understandably so a young woman he and his cronies sought to undermine and politically frustrate, has ultimately given them a proper political beat down," said Shabalala.

Meanwhile, EFF provincial secretary Alfred Skhosana was sworn in at the Mpumalanga legislature as Shabalala's replacement.

The EFF party earned two seats in the provincial legislature during the May 2014 general elections.

Tensions have since arisen within the party's provincial and regional leadership with Sedibe being accused of running provincial party structure like a "stokvel" meant to benefit him and his national party leaders. 
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