He says he is not going down without a fight.
Troubled Mpumalanga EFF secretary Alfred Skhosana has hit back at national leader Julius Malema, describing his suspension as an “ugly management of a contestation” ahead of a provincial elective conference.
This paper understands there is a cat-fight between Skhosana and provincial leader Collen Sedibe for power, which Skhosana confirmed.
In an exclusive interview with 013NEWS on Wednesday mid-day this week, Skhosana lambasted Malema, saying all that Malema is doing is just killing the party.
“I might not be conversant with administrative politics because in my 20 years of political experience I’ve never been the secretary but that doesn’t mean I’m the weakest link,” Skhosana told the 013NEWS reporter.
He was criticised the past Sunday by an angry Malema for “underperformance”, labelled a “useless thing” and the reason the EFF is collapsing in Mpumalanga during a meeting at party headquarters in Braamfontein, Guateng.
Malema then suspended him, severely criticising the report he delivered on behalf of the Mpumalanga EFF, before party national secretary Godrich Gardee gave him a letter asking him to explain why he should not be taken out of the Mpumalanga legislature.
“I’m not having a stress myself. If they want to shield Collen Sedibe, pretending I’m the one who is killing the EFF let them do it but when I’ve left they will see who was actually the weakest link in the province. There will be no organisation,” a calm Skhosana said.
He said the Mpumalanga EFF is preparing an elective conference and Malema and Gardee were trying to frustrate him from contesting Sedibe.
“I’m psychologically prepared to part ways. I’ve had enough,” he said.
“When people are fighting and they are left with three months towards the conference, what’s the use of suspending one of them? Obviously you are trying to manage the contestation in the province and you manage it very ugly,” Skhosana said.
He said despite the letter he got from Gardee asking him to give reasons why he should continue as a member of legislature, Malema on Sunday only suspended him “verbally” but won’t challenge it as he can see they want him out of the party by taking sides in the battle between himself and Sedibe and he is himself “psychologically prepared to part ways”.
“This thing of a suspension he (Malema) said it in a meeting. He said, ‘Ah secretary (Gardee) please prepare a letter this man is now suspended,” Skhosana told the reporter.
“It’s their choice let them do what they want to do,” he said.
Gardee declined to comment.
(edited by MLM)
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