Fight Breaks South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters Apart

By Juliana Katung

A fight broke up Tuesday, at a venue of press briefing in Johannesburg, South Africa, between the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Central Command team and the supporters of MPs Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Tshabalala – both suspended from the party, for causing a fractional dispute within the party.

MPs  Mngxitama and Tshabalala held a press Conference last week to reveal the misuse of the party’s fund by its leadership.

This has caused fractional battle within EFF in recent time, which led to their suspension in the late night of Monday; both notified through Email – also tweeted on Tuesday morning – but still went ahead with the press briefing as scheduled, but were interrupted by a few members from the Central team.

Speaking on behalf of the central team, spokesperson Mbuyiseni NTelos said they expected Mps Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Tshabalala to respect the decision of the majority of the party that suspended them.

The spokesperson who stated this in a statement made available to reporters said the central command team of the party has taken a unanimous decision to take disciplinary action against the two fighters.

“The leadership hopes that the fighters Mngxitama and Tshabalala will also co-operate and give the internal process of the organisation due respect and attention.

“This is strictly an internal process and we shall not be engaging the media about it beyond this point”, the statement added.”

Meanwhile, Mngxitama had to be escorted out of the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town last week Thursday, where he had intended holding a press conference ahead of the state-of-the-nation address by President Jacob Zuma.

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Fights broke out between EFF members and suspended members supporters same Thursday.

The Press conference earlier scheduled last week Thursday according to Mngxitama’s which was later reschedule for Tuesday morning, was to  clarify “why some of the EFF MP’s cannot insist for the party leadership to payback the alleged misuse of fund.

However, EFF leader Julius Malema questioned Mngxitama’s loyalty to the party, asking him why he will hold a press briefing on the day of the state- of-the-nation address, if he loves the party as he claim.

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