Malema not returning to ANC - EFF


The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has described allegations in a newspaper report that its leader, Julius Malema, was in talks to return to the ANC, as laughable.

Yesterday, The Citizen reported that “high-placed sources” within both parties have confirmed that former President Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, was in mediating talks with senior ANC membership to discuss Malema’s return.

“We wish to categorically state that this information is not true,” EFF Acting National Spokesperson, Fana Mokoena said in a statement.

“We believe there is no disciplined member of our organisation who would go to the media with such a story without clearing it with the organisation first, or they would at least go to the media with facts. “

Mokoena also denounced the paper’s allegations that the party’s Treasurer General, Magdalene Moonsamy, was set to return to the ruling party after an apparent spat with Malema about the EFF’s finances.

“We wish to state here that the Treasurer General has resigned from her Parliamentary duties to go and do her law articles,” Mokoena said.

“She remains the Treasurer General of the organisation and a committed economic freedom fighter. She is not at loggerheads with anyone and our movement believes her decision to go attain her professional qualification as an attorney is the correct one.”

He also stated that the party had no reason to believe that its former National Coordinator, Mpho Ramakatsa, had reported the allegations to the media after the leakage of a letter addressed to Malema, and published by the paper, in which he accuses certain structures of organisation of amongst others “Illegally and unjustifiably altering branch audit reports, interference with my duties as a National Coordinator, use of money to buy the delegates’ loyalty and thereby abandoning mandates and revolutionary principles” and “undue and illegal interference with the appointed independent electoral commission”.

“We are also not inclined to believe that such a decorated former liberation stalwart would stoop to that level,” Mokoena said.

“We urge our disciplined members not to feed the papers with unfounded statements about our President, Leadership and our organisation in general. We also urge the media not to publish unfounded stories about our organisation as we deem this a deliberate act of sabotage. We believe in freedom of the media and flow of information, but irresponsible reporting cannot form part of such freedoms.”

Malema also rejected the report by tweeting shortly afterwards, “I will never do that to my people, the EFF remains my only political home now and for the rest of my life. I will be buried with the red flag”. Similarly, ANC National Spokesperson Zizi Kodwa denounced the paper’s findings but stated that “If Malema and others want to come back voluntarily, the ANC will always welcome them”. 


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