The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy Secretary General, Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi has smashed claims of the party being preserved as patriarchal.

Speaking at the EFF’s second elective conference in Nasrec, Mkhaliphi says introducing a Women’s Command is something delegates would need to debate.

“Five years ago, during the last elective conference the idea was put to the table. However, as the party was in its formative stage, it was something we could not take on,” says Mkhaliphi.

“At the first elective conference, two women were appointed into the top six positions,” says Mkhaliphi.

Mkhaliphi says all branches know and understand the mandate of diversity within the party.

Delegates at the EFF’s second elective conference are expected to nominate and elect top party leaders on Saturday.

The Institute of Election Management, which is chaired by former IEC top brass, Terry Tselane, will conduct the elections.

Some political analysts say Julius Malema is expected to be re-elected as party leader. They say the other five leadership positions will be highly-contested.

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