Save ANC Mpumalanga leaders defect to the EFF

The new members are welcomed during a short function at Ingwenyama Conference & Sport Resort.

WHITE RIVER – The former leader of the Save ANC Mpumalanga campaign, Mr Sipho Monareng, has accused the party of failing to respond to the plight of its structures.

On Wednesday Monareng and other members of the group officially joined the EFF in the province, effectively dissolving the campaign. He claimed there were many things in the ruling party that were not done according to accepted norms. Nearly 70 new members joined the EFF together with Monareng.

Monareng said he had read the policies and conference resolution of the EFF and believed the party represented the poorest of the poor.

“I have seen the EFF in action, championing the interests of the masses. I have seen them fighting corruption. They are a party I am happy to be a member of. I have absolute confidence in them,” he said.

Monareng said members of the Save ANC Mpumalanga campaign had tried everything in their power to resolve their issues with the ANC, but to no avail. “It is very clear that we are held back by history, which has got no future. So, it is high time that we join a winning team,” he added.

The group was strongly opposed to the incumbent chairman, Mr David Mabuza, standing for a third term, and claimed that the decision was taken by delegates who had no mandate. The group marched to the party’s provincial headquarters and threatened court action to stop the provincial elective conference that proceeded in December.

Campaigners were also concerned about the alleged hand-picking of candidates as councillors, and the manipulation of membership to determine the outcomes at elective conferences.

The EFF provincial leader, Mr Collen Sedibe, said he was happy to welcome the new members from the ANC.

“We are happy as the EFF to gain such a huge membership. We’re excited about their experience, as they have led in branches. They will add value to the organisation, especially now that we are looking forward to the local government elections.”

Read more about the campaign here 

Trevor Hlungwani

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