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I’m not a dictator, I’m a hard worker: Malema
15 December 2019, 5:30 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema says he is not a dictator, but a hardworker.

“I come from nothing. I come from a domestic worker (sic), a single mother. I don’t care who thinks what. Everything I have, I worked hard for it,” says Malema.

Malema was addressing the media during the EFF’s Second National People’s Assembly, where he was questioned about his re-appointment as the party leader.

He says the position was not contested during second elective conference taking place in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

“Even if you don’t like me, you cannot fault my work ethics,” adds Malema.

United Africa

Malema says the EFF’s vision is a united Africa, where there will be one president, one currency and one state.

“The EFF is going to look at formulating a continental body that will include the youth and women, because EFF does not belong to Limpopo or KwaZulu-natal. It belongs to the entire African continent,” says Malema.

EFF newly elected leadership

Malema reiterates that the composition of the newly elected leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters is not based on a 50/50 policy as there is none in the party’s constitution.

The top 6 is made up of three females and three males: Malema the President, Floyd Shivambu Deputy, Veronica Mente National Chair, Marshall Dlamini Secretary General, Poppy Moilola Deputy Secretary General and Omphile Maotwe the Treasury General.

Addressing journalists during their first media briefing following their election, Malema says, “There is no 50/50 in the officials of the EFF in terms of the constitution. Even if you wanted to apply it at lower structures they are five; so it can’t be 50/50. It’s practically impossible. Here, it is not by constitutional design, it’s by delegates realising the need to empower women and starting to give them more responsibility so that we don’t just talk about but we actualise it in our own structures.”

 

Security concerns at EFF conference following scuffle
15 December 2019, 2:14 PM

 

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have raised concern over the usage of the party’s para-military security unit, known as the Defenders of the Revolution (DOR).

Delegates attending EFF’s Second National People’s Assembly in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg, want marshals used instead of the DOR.

They are upset after four female delegates were pepper sprayed during a tussle on Saturday.

They were taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning.

It’s reported that the head of the DOR was involved in the incident and has since been fired.

EFF leader Julius Malema has apologised to delegates for the incident.

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Malema also urged EFF members to bear with the DOR, saying they have put their lives at risk with the aim of protecting EFF conferences.

“You come here and tell us you don’t want them when they were beaten with stones in Tshwane and Gauteng and everywhere else protecting the conferences of EFF. We shouldn’t have that type of attitude. We must train them and we must make sure they have the necessary skills to deal particularly with legitimate delegates. However, when it comes to rascals and any agent provocateur they must deal with it without thinking twice in protection of the red flag the EFF,” adds Malema.

Currently, the delegates are discussing the political, organisational and financial reports that were presented yesterday.

 

 

Malema willing to meet with SANEF
15 December 2019, 12:21 PM

 

Re-elected Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has agreed to meet with representatives of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) after the party’s Second National People’s Assembly.

This follows a public outcry after the party barred several media houses from covering its elective conference, which is under way in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

They include the Daily Maverick, AmaBhungane and Rapport. Following the EFF’s decision, television news channel eNCA suspended its coverage of the party’s assembly. The media house described the EFF’s move as an attack on media freedom, which needed to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

Malema says he’s willing to engage SANEF like they have done in the past. He says he met SANEF to discuss ANN7 after the party called on South Africans to boycott the now defunct Gupta-owned 24-hour news channel and the family’s newspaper, The New Age.

The call had followed the company’s sale to former government spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi.

Watch as Malema addresses the media on SANEF:

EFF should survive without Malema: Angelo Fick
15 December 2019, 11:42 AM

 

Political analyst Angelo Fick has described Godrich Gardee’s assertions that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would not survive without leader Julius Malema as unfortunate.

The former EFF Secretary General made the remark on Saturday, while tabling his report at the party’s Second National People’s Assembly in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

Fick says a party’s survival should not depend on an individual.

“Everyone is mortal and the party should be able to survive beyond the leadership of one person.”

Watch Fick’s take on the EFF’s leadership changes:

On Saturday night, delegates elected new leadership with four new faces joining the EFF’s Central Command team.

Julius Malema remains President of the party and Floyd Shivambu his Deputy.

Four new members have made it to the top six, including Marshal Dlamini as Secretary General, Poppy Moilola as his Geputy. Veronica Mente is the new Chairperson, while Omphile Maotwe is the party’s Treasurer General.

All positions were not contested.

The EFF’s second conference ends tomorrow.

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Malema reads the riot act to disloyal senior EFF officials
14 December 2019, 7:56 PM

 

The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has issued a stern warning to senior officials who are loyal to their positions than to the party.

“You are going to see it when this conference finishes. They are not going to be elected and they are going to start to insult this organisation after not being elected,” he told delegates at the EFF’s elective conference under way in Nasrec, Johannesburg.

Malema was delivering the party’s political report. In the three-hour long speech, the EFF leader also took a swipe on media houses,  saying they are in denial if they think they’re not captured.

Malema also welcomed eNCA’s withdrawal from the conference, saying it meant the the channel won’t be covering any of its events in the future.

“And you must never go back and say we banned the eNCA. They withdrew from our conference meaning they withdrew from the EFF. So we don’t want to see any eNCA anywhere. So if that is going to be there attitude bring it on. We never expelled them.”

eNCA walked out of the conference earlier today in solidarity with the Daily Maverick, Scorpio, Amabhungane, Rapport and Caxton group following the EFF’s decision to bar them from covering the event.

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration didn’t escape Malema’s rant.

Malema says the EFF has the obligation to remove the current government from power because they are “incompetent and very dangerous”.

He says it is the puppet of capitalist establishment like the previous government was the puppet of a corrupt family. Malema says they will engage in militant programmes to prevent the government from incapacitating Stat- Owned Enterprises (SOEs) and selling them to white monopoly capital.

“Our country is in a crisis, a man made crisis. If Cyril continues like this he won’t last his term.”

Delegates are expected to vote for the new leadership this evening.

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