EFF hope to formalise Eastern Cape branches by June
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Tuesday announced that they had disbanded their interim Provincial Command Team (PCT) and Regional Command Teams (RCTs) as they prepare to launch formal Eastern Cape branches by June.
Since its formation, the EFF had relied on an interim PCT in the Eastern Cape as well as RCTs in regions such as OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo, Buffalo City, Chris Hani, Nelson Mandela, Joe Gqabi, Amathole, and the Sarah Baartman district (formerly Cacadu Region) to galvanise its support base.
“This extended War Council meeting was preceded by general meetings in all regions which included all the RCTs and existing branches of the EFF whose purpose was to listen and hear what challenges there may be and what solutions could be suggested by fighters.
“The War Council, mainly on unanimous recommendations by these general meetings, inclusive of RCTs and branches, has decided to disband all the interim regional structures in OR Tambo Region, Chris Hani Region, Cacadu Region, Alfred Nzo Region, Joe Gqabi Region and Amathole Region,” described EFF National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi, in a statement.
“These general meetings also recommended that the Central Command Team (“CCT”) should directly oversee a process of reviving the structures towards Regional Peoples Assemblies (“RPAs”) that will elect the new leadership to take these regions forward.
“The War Council has therefore endorsed this proposal and has since deployed CCT members in the following manner across all regions with that still have interim structures:
- OR Tambo: Commissar Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
- Cacadu: Commissar Fana Mokoena
- Amathole: Commissar Veronica Mente
- Chris Hani: Commissar Sam Matease
- Alfer Nzo: Commissar Roger Xalisa
- Joe Gqabi: Commissar Mmabatho Makause.”
He said these “commissars” will in the immediate facilitate an audit of all branches, and convene a general meeting of all branches of the EFF to develop a program of action towards the Regional Peoples Assembly.
“The commissars will also launch branches, together with coordinators that will be coming from outside the province and guide the region until it reaches the stage of launching,” said Ndlozi.
“The regions of Nelson Mandela and Buffalo City have successfully gone to regional assemblies on time in 2014 and have elected leadership. The War Council has however deployed commissars Nkagisang Mokgosi in Buffalo City and commissar Nathasha Louw in Nelson Mandela to guide these regions towards regional plenums and political schools that will see them come up with a program of action.”
After the Eastern Cape PCT was disbanded EFF Commissar Mlungisi Rapolile, a CCT member, will now preside over the provincial activities and facilitate all regions towards a Provincial Peoples Assembly (PPA).
Luthando Amos was also appointed full-time Student Command Coordinator whose responsibility is to ensure that all institutions of higher learning in the Eastern Cape launch EFF branches towards the national launch of the EFF Student Command.
Meanwhile, a special “cadres forum” to be convened on the weekend of 18th and 19th April to do membership audit across all regions and branches, and develop a programme of action to recruit and launch branches.
“Political schools” will also be held on the weekend of 25th and 26th across all regions to deal with the Constitution of EFF, Founding Manifesto and guidelines to Branch, regional and Provincial People’s Assemblies.
The EFF is hoping that all branches will be launched by end of May in all regions and a “Provincial People’s Assembly” will sit on the 27th to 28th of June.
“The leadership knows that people of the Eastern Cape want the EFF and that the Eastern Cape is indeed the home of the EFF,” Ndlozi said.
“These resolutions are to ensure that this comes to pass. As things stand, the Eastern Cape is the only province where the EFF has not gone to an assembly and thus successfully demobilised interim structures and elected its own leadership at all levels. This however, is going to change by end of June this year.”
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