JOHANNESBURG – Senior EFF official Thembinkosi Rawula is accusing the party’s leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu of financial mismanagement.
Rawula says he is exposing the party because it doesn’t represent what it is preaching to its supporters.
He also says they received money from doomed bank VBS Mutual Bank.
Rawula was left off the party’s election lists.
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The group also accused the party’s senior leaders of taking advantage of women in the party, but the EFF says they’re talking nonsense.
Insults and accusations appear to be the order of the day among Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Northern Cape, though the party says the group that appeared this week in EFF regalia to announce their disgust at the party before resigning cannot be considered EFF members anyway.
A group that described itself as being comprised of EFF members from the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) district quit on Thursday in disillusionment at EFF leadership under Julius Malema and his deputy, Floyd Shivambu – in the process making allegations of corruption against the two leaders and others in the party’s top management, both nationally and provincially.
In a press conference at the Kimberley Club, councillor for Ga Segonyana Local Municipality Olebogeng Leserwane – a former member of the Northern Cape legislature for the EFF – as well as Gabasale Mary Tongwane and proportional representation councillor for JTG Betty Boutlwane, along with a further 15 members, let rip at the EFF and announced their resignations.
Tongwane told media gathered at the venue that they had already accepted their automatic expulsions by virtue of having called the press conference.
Tongwane complained about being removed from her position without a disciplinary hearing due to a dispute over her taking of leave. She alleged she had been removed with another party member amid threats and attacks. She was quoted in the Diamond Fields Advertiser (DFA) on Friday as saying that she and Mmabatho Mokause had even been beaten up by men who were later appointed as councillors.
Leserwane published the group’s full press statement on his Facebook page, and it has since been widely shared and commented on, with particularly people opposed to the EFF praising him for his “courage”.