AS IT HAPPENED | EFF delegates elect 40-member executive team at people's assembly

2019-12-15 11:01

The EFF turns its attention to the election of the Central Command Team and policy discussions on the third day of its second National People's Assembly.

The Economic Freedom Fighters delegates attending the party's second National People's Assembly will nominate and vote for the Central Command Team, the highest decision-making body between assemblies.

Late on Saturday night, the party's top six officials were all elected unopposed.

The rest of Sunday will be spent discussing the EFF's policy documents, as well as the three reports, namely the political report, the organisational report and the treasurer's report.

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15 Dec 19:44
There will be no further media briefings today.

15 Dec 19:43

The delegates have gone into commissions for the rest of the evening.

They'll then enjoy some entertainment to close out the real work of the conference.

Proceedings are expected to be kept relatively short tomorrow.


15 Dec 19:00

The 40 members of the Central Command Team have been elected unopposed.


15 Dec 18:57

The delegate seconds the motion to close nominations.

There won't be a vote for CCT members.

Tselane calls the top six members to the stage.


15 Dec 18:55

There are now 40 nominations for the Central Command Team. If there are additional nominations, then ballots will be printed and delegates go to a vote.

As Terry Tselane says, "We are either at the beginning or at the end."

A delegate proposes closing the nominations process.

Tselane notes a hand opposed to that recommendation. Will the delegate seek to nominate an additional member?


15 Dec 18:32
Fiery Western Cape member Nazier Paulsen has been nominated by his province. He's accepted.

15 Dec 18:28
Former #FeesMustFall leader Vuyani Pambo has been nominated and has accepted.

15 Dec 17:27
Gauteng delegate Delisile Ngwenya accepts nomination to stand for election to the CCT.

15 Dec 17:15

15 Dec 17:09

15 Dec 17:07
Godrich Gardee has declined nomination for the Central Command Team.

15 Dec 16:10
Six people have been nominated for the CCT so far - three women and three men.

15 Dec 16:09

15 Dec 16:09

Nominations for the EFF's Central Command Team are underway.

Fana Mokoena has been nominated and has accepted.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been nominated and has accepted.


15 Dec 15:10

15 Dec 15:09

Malema: Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is carrying South Africa. Only the judiciary carries some sense of credibility.

If Mogoeng goes, then this country is lost.

"I'm going to Mozambique. I'm leaving."


15 Dec 15:03
Malema: We didn't support Busi on that report of Absa, so that's her own problem.

15 Dec 15:02
Malema: No one is going to sell Eskom under our watch.

15 Dec 15:02
"We are making a plea for the left forces to unite." - Malema.

15 Dec 15:01

Malema: There is no motion of no confidence in the president that we're going to pass.

What we are going to do is take to the streets. We must mobilise the ground and the left forces against capital.


15 Dec 14:59
Malema: The land issue is no longer an issue in the EFF ... WE gave a detailed report of how far are we on cardinal pillar number one [which is on land]

15 Dec 14:51

Malema says he takes the criticism of cutting people's salaries to cover the debt of campaigning during elections.

The claim is that councillors' salaries were docked 50% for three months to help to cover the debt.


15 Dec 14:49

15 Dec 14:48

15 Dec 14:46

15 Dec 14:44
"We want to lead Africa ... We want one Africa."

15 Dec 14:42

Malema: I'm a ghost.

He says the media has written his obituary many times, yet he's still standing.


15 Dec 14:38
Malema: I'm not a dictator.

15 Dec 14:37
Malema says he gets re-elected unopposed because he works very hard and pays attention to detail.

15 Dec 14:35

15 Dec 14:34
Malema: When I got elected secretary of the [ANC] Youth League [Fikile] Mbalula didn't want me, [Malusi] Gigaba didn't want me, Zizi [Kodwa] didn't want me.

15 Dec 14:33
Malema: The battle with getting more women into the EFF has nothing to do with the [Defenders of the Revolution].

15 Dec 14:31
Malema says claims that women in the EFF don't feel safe is made up.

15 Dec 14:30

Malema says the party will not discuss the party's security detail in public.

"You come into my house and want to question my security ... There is nothing wrong with how we handle our security ... We can't discuss the security with media in full view of our enemies."


15 Dec 14:28

Two questions from News24:

1) Is the EFF Malema's baby, and the election of the top six seemingly confirms?

2) What is the EFF's position on women, when women are saying recent incidents reflect how they feel they are treated by the party?


15 Dec 14:19

15 Dec 14:17

A question from the Sunday Times about the DOR's track record at EFF events.

It's not the first time they've been accused of heavy-handed behaviour by EFF members.


15 Dec 14:11

Could this be a veiled message about Dali Mpofu, who has a busy schedule as a senior counsel?


15 Dec 14:08
In reply to a question about his demeanour during nomination and voting last night, Malema says he decided not to do anything to avoid being accused of supporting any candidate by doing anything that may be seen as a sign.

15 Dec 14:06

Malema says gender balance is not set out in the constitution of the party.

He says it would be difficult to replicate at lower structures there are five leadership positions so balance would be difficult.

Malema says delegates know they must empower women.


15 Dec 14:02

Malema says the EFF will be providing Senior Counsel Lawrence Hodes to help get Khaya Cekeshe out of prison. Hodes specialises in criminal law.

The leader says he has also had discussions with Justice Minister Ronald Lamola.


15 Dec 14:01

15 Dec 14:00

Malema: We have not experienced any animosity from the former officials of the EFF ... This morning they even came to answer questions on the reports they put together.

My message wasn't directed at any official, but was a general message. We don't have any plan for any official.

CONTEXT: This is in relation to a question about whether Malema was expecting high-profile members to hit out if they weren't elected to top leadership.


15 Dec 13:58

15 Dec 13:51

Malema says all provinces have suggested that the Central Command Team be increased from 35 to 40. He says this will be considered today.


15 Dec 13:49

Malema says Marshall Dlamini, the new secretary general, is responsible for security and he dealt with it.

He says the leadership wasn't informed of the incident which happened around midnight.

Malema says, otherwise, the conference has gone of well.


15 Dec 13:48

EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi introduces the party's president Julius Malema to the media. Malema is now making a short statement.

He thanks delegates and the media.

Malema starts by addressing the incident during which at least two women had pepper spray sprayed at them.

He says three more patients went into hospital.

"The gentleman in questioned has been released."


15 Dec 13:44
The news top six is here and seated.

15 Dec 13:42
We've been told the leadership is one minute away.

15 Dec 13:26
The new top six is due to address the media soon.

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