Leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Mpumalanga province, Collen Sedibe says they also have a duty to recruit ANC provincial David Mabuza to EFF.
The EFF Mpumalanga chairman has stepped in to dispel a notion that fighters asking to take a photo with Premier David Mabuza meant that they were closer to being recruited back to ANC.
“No, there were no strings attached,” Sedibe told 013NEWS on Tuesday night.
“He just asked to take a photo with them,” he added.
He said he was next to them when the request to take a photo was made and “they told him they also needed him in the EFF to continue as Premier on an EFF ticket”.
“There are no strings attached. They work in the municipal council and dedicated to the work of EFF,” Sedibe said.
The incident happened at the Themba Senamela stadium in Mhluzi, Middelburg, where economic development MEC Eric Kholwane delivered the province’s budget speech.
The fighters attended the budget speech event as they are councillors in the municipality.
Mabuza’s spokesman Zibonele Mncwango said this happened after Kholwane had tabled the provincial budget.
“The Premier was approached by these happy members of EFF and they requested to take pictures with him,” Mcwango said, adding that they are the ones who asked to take a photo with the Premier, telling him that “phela wena ungumuntu wethu” loosely translated as, “you are our person”.
Mabuza, according to Mncwango, told the fighter:”Siyadingana [we need each other], nami [myself] I am weaker without you.
“We must convince each other how we should work together,” Mabuza said
(edited by ZK)
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