No EFF factions, says Malema

2014-12-14 21:26

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Bloemfontein - EFF leader Julius Malema on Sunday sought to present a united front, saying there were no factions in the party.

"There is no factionalism here. Every revolution has elements that hijack the movement," Malema told journalists after delivering his political report at the party's first elective conference at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

"I was trying to tell delegates not to be complacent because this revolution won't be hijacked."

Malema told delegates earlier that chaos and rowdiness in the party would be stopped. He said members who caused interruptions within the party would be identified and rehabilitated.

Violence broke out at the party's Northern Cape conference in Kimberley last month.

"When we find them, we should not kill them. We have to convert them into genuine freedom fighters."

He gave the example of how some apartheid-era activists were converted into taking part in the political struggle after leading lives of crime.

"Some arrived at Robben Island as car thieves, and because the prison was a political university, they became serious and successful political activists," Malema said.

Malema said reports that there were black consciousness and African National Congress Youth League factions within the party were unfounded.

"That report was an observation; such does not exist. They put [EFF national co-ordinator] Mpho Ramakatsa within black consciousness. There's nothing about Ramakatsa that speaks of black consciousness."

Several of the EFF's founding members were former ANCYL members. Malema was previously the league's leader before being expelled.

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