Show us the 2 000 defectors, ANC challenges EFF

2016-03-03 16:34
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Mbombela - The ANC in Mpumalanga will not accept claims that they have lost 2 000 members to the Economic Freedom Fighters until they see a list of the defectors.

On Thursday, ANC provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu challenged the EFF to produce the list of members after the opposition party announced that it had recently welcomed more than 2 000 of them in the Nkomazi region.

"This thing that they will move around branding people in large numbers and saying they are joining the EFF after leaving the ANC is what they say just to please their masters so that they will think they are working," Ndlovu said.

"It is not right that we can lose 2 000 ANC members in Nkomazi; that is our stronghold. We want to see the list of the names of those people. They are not from the ANC," said Ndlovu.

He said only disgruntled ANC leaders were joining the EFF.

"It is not true that we have got members that are leaving the ANC. We have got leaders who are leaving the organisation because they do not want to be led, and they want to lead," he said.

EFF provincial leader Collen Sedibe insisted it was true that more than 2 000 ANC members had crossed over to the EFF.

He said he knew they were ANC members because he has served in the ANC before.

"Former ANC members who joined us are more than 2 000 in KaMhlushwa but the number has since increased.

"On Tuesday and [Wednesday] we went there to find others, which led to the number reaching 2 700. This means we are growing and are forced to commit. This tells you that we are ready to govern and we are indeed a government in waiting," said Sedibe.

One of the defectors, Thomas Lubisi, a former Chief Whip at the Nkomazi local municipality, said he and others had joined the EFF because the ANC was punishing them for their democratic views.

"Yes it is true that I have joined the EFF. I had been a member of the [ANC] Regional Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008. This thing started during that era [2008 and 2009] when new leadership took over.

"This started when we supported comrade Lassy Chiwayo to take over as chairperson of the ANC in Mpumalanga. From there we could not come back as we looked like we are not ANC members.

"As you know, members that are joining EFF from ANC are doing so because there is no space in the ANC. They backbench you from the branch and gate-keep you so that you cannot be available to serve," said Lubisi.

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