Malema denies talks with ANC in Maputo - report

2015-02-22 12:16
Julius Malema. (File, Sapa)

Julius Malema. (File, Sapa)

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Mngxitama shows cracks in the individual, not the EFF - Ndlozi

2015-02-19 12:29

Economic Freedom Fighters MP Andile Mngxitama has been suspended from the EFF for bringing the party into disrepute. Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the suspension of Mngxitama and others shows cracks in the individuals themselves and not in the EFF as on organisation. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has denied having held secret talks with the ANC in Mozambique despite alleged proof of banking transactions that have taken place at the same time in Maputo.

According to the Sunday Independent, bank transaction SMS messages placed the party in Maputo at the time of the alleged meetings, which were reportedly held to discuss the return of EFF party members to the ANC.

The text messages show the EFF credit cards were swiped last month at two venues – Matemo Island Resort and at the Southern Sun hotel in Maputo. The amounts were R6 099.55 and R5 965.82 respectively.

The SMSes were reportedly sent to EFF financial accountant Rirhandzu Baloyi who allegedly handed over the information to EFF MP Andile Mngxitama and Gayton McKenzie.

Working closely

These latest development come in the wake of weeks of internal strife in the EFF which has since seen Mngxitama being suspended.

News24 last week reported that the EFF has accused Mngxitama of colluding with two controversial businessmen, Kenny Kunene and McKenzie.

“In all his conduct and actions outside the confines of organisational structures, what Fighter Mgxitama does not indicate is that throughout his misconduct, he has been working closely with leaders of a failed political party called Patriotic Alliance [PA], Kunene and McKenzie," the EFF said.

“As a matter of fact, the SABC interview where Fighter Mngxitama attacked the leadership of the EFF was conducted in Kenny Kunene’s house.  It is unacceptable that in their news report, the SABC did not disclose the newsworthy fact that a deployee of the EFF in Parliament conducted an interview which attacks the leadership in the house of a smaller rival political party in Sandton,” the EFF wrote in a scathing media statement.

Mngxitama vehemently denied these claims at the media briefing today.

“Kenny Kunene is not my friend but Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu’s. These guys are throwing sushi at me.”

His comments come a week after McKenzie’s open letter to Julius Malema in which he denied being at the root of the growing troubles of the EFF.

“You claim I am the reason so many people in the EFF seem to be turning against you. You blame Kenny and me for elaborate plots to destabilise the EFF. One thug to another: You’re giving me too much credit, bra. How could I be Andile Mngxitama’s puppet master. One thing he and Chester Missing have in common is stubbornness.

“I could never get that guy to do anything his revolutionary conscience couldn’t live with. I’ve never even met some of the biggest agitators against you in EFF – guys like Lufuno Gogoro. Kenny and I have had nothing to do with how you run your party. We’re hearing about your shenanigans from the people closest to you – and they’re telling us about it because we always warned them what kind of person you are and what you would do once you had any power again,” McKenzie wrote.

Lifestyle audit

Mngxitama said that Malema and Shivambu were close to McKenzie and Kunene who lived lavish lifestyles that were contrary to the revolutionary ideals of the party.

“They are Malema’s friends...I don’t know why they are downloading their friends to me.”

Mngxitama also offered his thoughts on the fashion label often associated with Malema and those close to him.

“I have never bought anything from Louis Vutton, because in my opinion it is very ugly.”

Mngxitama appeared alongside fellow MPs Mpho Ramakatsa, Lucky Twala and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala where they announced the launch of their ‘save the soul of the EFF’ campaign. The rally to set off the campaign will take place in Mangaung.

The group has called for an independent audit of the party’s finances as well as a lifestyle audit of party members who they claim are living beyond their means and in a way that is contrary to their cause.

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