The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has dispatched a sixmember national intervention team to the Eastern Cape to convene regional conferences.
The team, led by EFF national political education portfolio head Mlungisi Rapolile, has been told to make sure the province holds its first elective Provincial People’s Assembly before the end of March.
The team arrives after a brawl broke out at the weekend when members of the Chris Hani region resisted an apparent attempt by EFF Eastern Cape leader Vuyisile Schoemann to impose lawyer Monwabisi Tutu as regional convener.
Tutu allegedly ran to his car and drew out a gun. Police said they were investigating assault charges.
The decision to dispatch the central command team (CCT) members to the Eastern Cape regions was taken during a provincial command team (PCT) meeting held in King William’s Town last week.
The EFF’s Eastern Cape coordinator, Simcelile Rubela, said yesterday the party was following the resolution of their national conference to launch all branches and then to convene a provincial conference.
“The [King William’s Town] meeting deliberated on the status of the province and all regions, and resolved on a programme of action which will improve the performance of all regions and the province at large,” Rubela said.
“All CCT deployees and the PCT members are deployed to all regions of this province to make sure this programme of action is implemented with urgency.”
On Tuesday last week the party’s national structure held its first CCT meeting after their national conference in December and resolved to establish a student command to contest student representative council elections in tertiary institutions.
EFF acting national spokesman Fana Mokoena said the CCT would be monitoring progress in the Eastern Cape.
“The CCT will visit provinces of the EFF to consolidate our programme of action towards economic freedom,” he said.