A disgruntled group of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters inKwaZulu-Natal has vowed that it will not back down in its attempts to have party deputy leader Floyd Shivambu suspended and investigated.
This came as the party decided toscale down leader Julius Malema’s role in parliament to deal with organizational issues and rebuild the party for the 2019 general elections.
A leader of the Kwazulu-Natalgroup, Nhlanhla Mthembu, said there were questions over how election campaign money was spent and allocated in the province and the Eastern Cape, two regions where the EFF underperformed.
These poor showings were both on Shivambu’s watch, Mthembu said.
The EFF’s official structures in both provinces have been formally disbanded,and Shivambu and Malema were due to address party members in East London and Durban on Saturday and yesterday respectively. However, neither took place.
“The EFF has good policies, but some individuals want to put theirown agendas forward,” Mthembu said.
“Floyd had become a factionalist. We’ve been raising issues since 2014 but we have never had a response.”
Acting EFF spokesman Fana Mokoena said the disgruntled group had effectively expelled themselves from the party by speaking out.
Mthembu, however, said there hadbeen no official word about their expulsionand the group wanted to facea formal disciplinary process.
Malema will give up his place on the portfolio committees on justice, mineral resources and international relations in parliament.