Litchfield-Tshabalala UDM's new national organiser

2015-06-05 14:16


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Johannesburg - Expelled Economic Freedom Fighters member Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala will not be returning to Parliament as an MP for the UDM, but will rather take up her new role as national organiser for the party ahead of next year's local government elections.

"We introduced her to our ascendancy plan, taking from the IEC results of last year's election where the IEC results showed growth in the UDM and DA as compared to other political parties," United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa told News24.

"We showed her the opportunities we have and therefore when she's talking organisational, she must know what the population is thinking about and she's happy with that."

Holomisa said the UDM approached Litchfield-Tshabalala, who was receptive to the party. However, she did reveal that she was approached by other parties as well.

"But looking at the policies of the UDM, which is still making noise that the government must do more for this country, she thought those policies are closer to her heart," he said.

Expelled from EFF

On April 11, Litchfield-Tshabalala, Mpho Ramakatsa and Andile Mngxitama were expelled from the party for reasons which included speaking to the media after being suspended, implying financial impropriety and not attending the State of the Nation address in February.

Litchfield-Tshabalala was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of admiral in the South African navy.

She was a former member of the African National Congress before joining the EFF.

Her qualifications included an honours degree in political science and drama, a masters’ degree in criminology from Unisa, and she was working towards a PhD.

Holomisa believes Litchfield-Tshabalala will bring great expertise and experience to the UDM.

"She has got experience, not only in Parliament, but more outside Parliament as a former senior member of the defence force of South Africa and she has travelled because she was in exile.

"Thirdly, she is well educated and we need people who possess high qualifications," he said.

Holomisa dismissed those who expressed their opinion that Litchfield-Tshabalala was making the wrong move and that the UDM was an irrelevant political party.

DA MP lashes out

Democratic Alliance MP and national spokesperson Marius Redelinghuys took to Twitter on Wednesday where he called Litchfield-Tshabalala's decision to join the UDM the "most stupid political move this year".

Responding to people on Twitter, Redelinghuys said: "Someone of her calibre can be better used elsewhere. Even the ANC is a better choice for her..."

He went on to say that he's worked with her on the justice committee in Parliament and that her principles were never in line with that of the EFF.

In another response, he said she had moved from "one irrelevant party to another".

Holomisa in response to the tweet told News24 that he would refer anyone who said his party was irrelevant to last year's election results.

"How can you say other parties are irrelevant in a multi-party democracy?" he said.

"[They’re] talking nonsense."

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