Julius Malema lashes ‘untouchable’ Ngrai Ngwenya

Julius Malema lashes 'untouchable' Ngrai Ngwenya
SHOTS FIRED: EFF Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema used his party's 6th anniversary celebrations to lash out at embattled former eHlanzeni leader Ngrai Ngwenya accusing him of stealing everything from the people of the region. PICTURE BY Citizen

Ngwenya is currently being investigated for assault charges laid with the Mbombela cops on 17 July 2019. He was also served with a letter of suspension Wednesday 31 July 2019.

EFF national leader Julius Malema has used the party’s 6th birthday celebration in the Mpumalanga province to lash out at eHlanzeni ANC leader Ngrai Ngwenya, labelling him an ‘untouchable’ and ‘corrupt’ figure who terrorises and takes from the people of the region. 

Malema spoke in Ngwenya’s stronghold on Saturday 27 July 2019 to scores who had come for his party’s birthday celebration at the KaNyamazane stadium, Mbombela. 

He told the thousands of his supporters while on stage that he had heard of the alleged terror that Ngwenya, the controversial Nkomazi ANC strongman who was the chairperson of one of South Africa’s biggest ANC regions by membership and led the region for various terms before it got disbanded on 17 July 2019.

Malema said Ngwenya thought he was “untouchable”.

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“If he thinks he’s untouchable give him my address and I will reduce him to nothing. If he follows those who talk about him, tell him to visit me, he will come back here not facing the direction of the N4 road but up there [sky],” said Malema to thunderous applause. 

Malema alleged Ngwenya “steals everything” from people of the region, following those who dare to speak about him to their homes “at night” in order to victimise them, Malema said. 

Both Ngwenya and another ANC regional leader, a female comrade, Phindile Nkuna, were served with letters of suspension by acting chairman Mandla Ndlovu Wednesday 31 July 2019 after the national executive committee (NEC) took a decision Monday 29 July 2019 this week to “revoke” their memberships pending investigations and disciplinary actions.

The EFF, a radical and highly influential populist political party and South Africa’s 3rd largest party by national votes, was born in July 2013 and is led by Malema as both President and Commander-in-Chief. It is 6 years old in 2019.

Julius Malema lashes 'untouchable' Ngrai Ngwenya
Controversial ANC leader of the now disbanded eHlanzeni region Ngrai Ngwenya

Ngwenya is currently being investigated for the assault of his own comrade acting provincial secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali on 17 July 2019 while the party was having a planned special regional general council (RGC) at the Nutting House Lodge in Mbombela.

The RGC was meant to communicate the decision to disband the two regions, Bohlabela and eHlanzeni, and establish a 20-member regional task team (RTT). 

Appointed deputy convener on that day of the RGC, Ngwenya and RTT member Phindile allegedly began a scuffle at the ANC gathering, throwing chairs at Ntshalintshali while she was on the podium in her capacity as provincial secretary announcing the names of the comrades who should serve in the RTT.

Julius Malema lashes 'untouchable' Ngrai Ngwenya
Mpumalanga ANC acting secretary Lindiwe Ntshalintshali who was assaulted allegedly by Ngwenya and Phindile over disagreement over the people who should serve in the established RTT as the party prepares an elective conference to be held in December 2019 and infightings intensify in the process. 013NEWS/ZK

She had to be whisked away by cops while members of the police service were also being attacked in the scuffle allegedly by a mob of comrades arranged and led by Ngwenya. The cops had also laid charges against Ngwenya while investigations continue to determine others who also caused the violent confrontation, 013NEWS can reveal. 

Malema said the Mbombela area has been “having a mayor after a mayor because people are refusing to carry out the instructions of Ngrai” and that of deputy president DD Mabuza.

“As I speak to you now a municipal manager of Mbombela is resigning because they are refusing to follow the illegal instructions of not following the law and the procedures,” adding, all the Mpumalanga municipalities were run “from DD Mabuza’s farm” in Barberton. 

“Those municipalities today do not have a clean audit because they are following illegal instructions.

“When you speak about Ngrai they follow you home at night,” said Malema. 

(edited by ZK) 

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