Cape Town – Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema revealed on Sunday that that 210 public representatives from the party will be recalled, and party leaders will be required to step down from their roles.
This comes after they failed to secure buses for the EFF’s tenth-anniversary rally.
Malema made the announcement while addressing the media on the outcomes of its central command team’s (CCT) meeting on Friday and Saturday.
In July, the EFF banned 439 members, including MPs, provincial legislators, and councillors, from attending the anniversary event due to their failure to secure funds for transportation.
The party had promised disciplinary action against them.
[WATCH] EFF Leader Julius Malema says the CCT resolved to recall all Public Representatives who failed to organise and pay for transport for the #EFF10thAnniversary .
The 428 public representatives are required to resign from their positions with immediate effect.#EFFPresser pic.twitter.com/KxD8d4nNM4
— Anastasi Mokgobu (@AnastasiMokgobu) August 27, 2023
“The CCT takes serious exception on public representatives who, having had more than five months to organise transport for their constituencies, failed to do so.
“In the EFF, all our leaders, all of us inclusive of public representatives, are expected to be all-rounders with maximal and unquestioned capacity to organise, mobilise, educate, agitate, and also fundraise for all activities of the organisation.
“Without these qualities, public representatives and leaders under the EFF cannot be trusted with the lives of our people and the responsibility to be at the forefront against the ruthless white monopoly establishment.”
Malema said that this decision aligns with the EFF’s constitution, and they opted for this course of action instead of putting the members through disciplinary procedures that might lead to their removal.
“If they are loyal to the cause for economic freedom in our lifetime, the EFF members who are recalled from deployments and removed from elected structures will remain as members of the organisation but will not be eligible for deployments back to structures they were recalled from.”
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu