“Smear campaign” against EFF not shocking


Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Secretary General, Godrich Gardee, has said that the party remains “unshaken” after a weekend newspaper report claimed that a car bought for party leader, Julius Malema, was done so using EFF money.

On Sunday, Citypress reported that it had obtained papers in which an invoice for R377 500 had been made out to the “Economic Freedom Fighters HQ” for the purchase of a grey Volkswagen Golf GTI Edition 35 DSG, with 25 000 km on the clock, from a Polokwane based dealership on September 3rd. The amount was paid five days later from a registered EFF account.

Shortly after, the Golf was then registered to a private company and not to traffic officials as an EFF vehicle, a move which, according to Gardee, was done at the behest of the traffic department.

“The car was supposed to be registered with the Traffic department and they advised that as a political organisation, we are not eligible for registering the car,” he said in a statement.

“The car was therefore registered privately, while the organisation held all the rights to the car. The car belongs to the EFF and our Asset Register makes that very clear”.

According to the paper, the company, Voorsprong Trading and Projects, is chaired by a 22-year old student from Seshogo and that its previous director, is alleged to be Malema’s cousin.

Gardee said that car formed part of the party’s “security arrangements” and that they will not use a “car which was not registered with the traffic department”.

Writing on twitter shortly after the article became apparent, Malema tweeted, “I don't have a car like that and never had one like that before, will not have one like that even in future.”

In a separate incident, Gardee also added that the party had taken note of a twitter account with the handle, “ANC TWITTER Branch,” which had been “spreading extremely dangerous and patently sick allegations” that its National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, had appeared in court on rape charges.

“The EFF dismisses with contempt the attempts of the ANC to damage the reputation of EFF Members through social media and networks. We have since recorded the tweets by the ANC, and will officially go to Court to seek compensation for the ANC’s desperate attempt to damage the good revolutionary posture and face of the EFF,” he said.

Gardee stated that Ndlozi is currently finishing his PhD Thesis and will be returning on February 1st.

Last week, The Citizen reported that Malema was in talks to return to the ANC after it had received a letter in which former EFF National Coordinator, Mpho Ramakatsa, highlighted a range of irregularities in certain structures within the party. Malema has described the allegations of him re-joining the ruling party as “laughable” and that “I will be buried with the red flag.”


CAPTION: A grey Volkswagen Golf 6 GTI Edition 35 DSG, similar to the one pictured, has become the latest topic of controversy to involve the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader, Julius Malema. IMAGE sourced from autotrader.co.za