It will elect another leadership since its birth in July 2013.
The EFF in the Mpumalanga province has announced the date of 31 August to 1 September 2018 as the date of an elective conference.
Called a Provincial People’s Assembly, the party of South Africa’s enfant terrible Julius Malema will hold its Mpumalanga elective conference at the Ingwenyama Lodge, Mbombela the coming weekend.
800 delegates are expected to fill the main hall at the Mpumalanga affluent resort on the Friday afternoon of 31 August and the Saturday of 1 September, electing the top 5 officials and the 16 additional members.
Provincial leader Collen Sedibe, whose term comes to an end the coming weekend, is expected to emerge once more as the Mpumalanga leader of Mzansi’s third largest party alongside Gcina Mofokeng who is favoured by a larger number of supporters to come become the provincial secretary.
Gcina Mofokeng (Second from left).
Sedibe will go face-to-face with Isaiah Khoza, the former Mbombela mayor who left the ANC in September 2015 and who was the city’s mayor between the years 1995 and 2004.
013NEWS understands Khoza is leading a faction that is opposed to Sedibe returning to power once more and Gert Sibande’s charismatic politician Pkay Nkosi is said to be gunning for the position of secretary – in Khoza’s slate.
Sedibe, who is Malema’s favoured candidate in the race, has a slate that wants Sam Zandamela as the deputy provincial chairman, Mofokeng as secretary and Ntsako Mkhabela as deputy secretary.
Sources say the position of deputy secretary is a Bohlabela region position – with Velephi Malatji also tipped for it.
There is also another faction wants Solly Kekana as the chair, “once and for all”.
“They feel his political skills cannot be left like that and can move the EFF forward in the province,” a source said.
Japhta Mashilo, current deputy chairman, is also needed by the Khoza faction to return his post but Masemola will have to go face-to-face with Zandamela, the current legislature member who replaced secretary Alfred Skhosana when he he got expelled “from the membership of the party” in May 2018.
Collen Sedibe and Cyril Chuene.
“Cyril Chuene also wants to be the secretary. He currently doesn’t have a slate but you will always never know, maybe he will align in the 11th hour because Cyril is Cyril you know,” a senior fighter told the 013NEWS reporter over the phone.
“But I see Gcina emerging with the whole thing happening in that region. Kenneth Mazibuko also wants to be the secretary but you see he needs the numbers. He has instead approached the Sedibe faction to have him as the additional member in the provincial command team,” the source said.
Sedibe said they welcome contests at the conference as this is a democratic movement giving everybody the chance to lead.
“Any member of the EFF in good standing has the right to stand for any position if nominated,” the spokesman said when he answered WhatsApp’d questions
He had asked in a statement that journalists treat the matter as it is and allow it to rest.
ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu wants the matter of EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu to be investigated and the necessary actions taken.
Shivambu is captured in a circulating video assaulting Netwerk24 journalist Adrian de Kock outside Parliament on Tuesday morning this week.
De Kock himself says he will lay assault charges against the EFF deputy president.
“We strongly condemn the violent behaviour of theEFF chief whip, Mr Floyd Shivambu, and two other unidentified men,” Mthembu said.
In the video, Shivambu is seen walking towards the Old Assembly Building in the National Assembly in Cape Town when the journalist approaches him for comment but then the politician grabs De Kock’s camera and pushes him against a wall.
Shivambu was caught on camera manhandling De Kock who was waiting with other journalists outside the building where Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lilles disciplinary hearing takes place.
“It is very regrettable and completely unacceptable that a member of Parliament who also happens to be a chief whip of a party, can be found to be involved in such unbecoming behaviour,” Mthembu said.
“As parliamentarians, we must at all times be the custodians of our Constitution and our democracy, especially media freedom and freedom of expression.
“Any journalist working on the parliamentary precinct must be allowed to do their job without any fear of victimisation or hindrance to their work,” he said.
“We call on the speaker of Parliament to thoroughly investigate this incident and impose the appropriate sanction for such unbecoming behaviour,” Mthembu said.
The following is the full statement issued by Shivambu:
Today the 20th of March 2018 I was engaged in a scuffle with a Photographer/Journalist in Parliament. The scuffle was a result of circumstances which included taking of photographs and persistence to speak to me whilst receiving documents from staff members in order to attend the Standing Committee on Finance. Whilst I was in a hurry to attend the committee meeting I accept that my impatience with the gentleman was inappropriate.
The scuffle happened and was never an assault on the Journalist or media freedom. I regret the incident and believe it should have been handled differently. I take full responsibility and apologise for engaging in a scuffle with a person I discovered after the incident is a journalist. I will write and email an official apology on the scuffle because I believe it was not supposed to happen.
The EFF which I represent in Parliament and deputy president of upholds media freedom and freedom of association. As a loyal member of the EFF I fully uphold media freedom and freedom of association and the scuffle was not meant to suppress these constitutional principles. – Floyd Shivambu.
Authorities will be in full force on this Easter weekend and weather experts have warned of a chilly weather in some parts of country.
Political parties in the Mpumalanga province have wished all South Africans a very blessed and joyous Easter weekend.
The ANC in the Mpumalanga province said they remain concerned about the number of fatalities occurring every year during this time.
“We therefore call upon everyone to observe traffic rules, avoid speeding and commuters to be vigilant of drunk drivers and un-roadworthy vehicles transporting our people to their different destinations of worship,” spokeswoman Sasekani Manzini said.
“We request those who will be lowering their heads in supplication to our Messiah this weekend, to remember the ANC in their prayers and pray for its maximum unity and improved ability to service the people of South Africa,” said Manzini.
The Economic Freedom Fighters said they request that road-users behave as they travel from their various homes to churches and were urging all fighters to establish crime combating units to protect communities from the criminals who will want to use the busy weekend to target their innocent preys.
“We also urge community members in particular the youth to also conduct themselves responsible and avoid excessive drinking and use of drugs and the carrying of dangerous weapons,” spokesman Collen Sedibe said.
“The EFF also urges the police and traffic officers to be visible in all crime spots and high accident zone in order to minimise contact crimes and gruesome car accidents,” said Sedibe.
The Bushbuckridge Resident Association asked those who will be commemorating the death of Jesus Christ to remember political parties in their prayers.
“We ask them to pray for us as we all know that these days in South Africa the situation is very bad,” acting secretary Johannes Ndlovu said.
“We wish that church-goers drive safely, have a blessed journey and they must be patient with one another and ensure everywhere they are safe,” Ndlovu said.
A war to recover millions of rands belonging to workers from a Mpumalanga coal mine will be fought by Amcu but EFF will be an auxiliary force to make sure 167 workers get their salaries, the regional leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters said.
Gert Sibande EFF leader Koos Nkosi clarified on Sunday morning they were only laying a helping hand in order to have the Association of Mineworkers and Construction to continue lead the workers’s battle as it is their issue”.
Earlier, a source the region told 013NEWS that a meeting a week ago between the Gert Sibande regional command team and Amcu local leaders resulted in the EFF in the Mpumalanga region agreeing that they will assist.
This mean Thutsi Mine bosses in Mpumalanga’s Breyten Road near Ermelo will be faced with two very sharp spears when workers meet them for another round of talks.
013NEWS understands that Thutsi Mine bosses owe each of the 167 workers betweenR6 000 and R13 000 in one month salary after bosses allegedly ran away during the time the mine shut and forced the workers out of work without pay since the end of June 2016.
“They are one group. The EFF assists some of the workers with food,” a source said.
Nkosi confirmed: “We do that on a daily basis because we support them and we want them to win their battle”.
Malcolm Ford, who workers on Sunday said owns Thutsi Mine and therefore owes them the money, didn’t answer repeated calls and voicemails left for him on Sunday afternoon.
Amcu’s Thutsi Mine branch chairman Don Sibanyoni told 013NEWS late on Sunday that Ford had since avoided their calls as well.
“He left us 5 days after 27 June, the day we were told about the issue of us not continuing to work because they said the coal mine was trying to comply with certain laws and remove the water underground and that they will call us to come work once they are done.
“So he told us over the phone he would meet investors and said were at banks and stuff and would deposit our money but since then he didnt,” Sibanyoni said.
“That’s why now we are asking the EFF to also assist and also the media because we want the attention that will get us the pressure for Malcolm to pay us our money,” he said.
But earlier EFF’s Nkosi said the issue of the workers at the mine had more to do with what he called “hyenas”.
In a snide reference to ANC leaders who have shares in mining companies that abuse workers, Nkosi charged: “It is evident that this country needs a credible leadership, where are the men with morals and standards and value while we are being led by hyenas?” he said on Facebook on Friday morning. “Thutsi mine workers today are suffering because of absence of credible leadership,” Nkosi, who is widely known as ‘Pkay Nkosi’, added.
Meanwhile, the Premier of the province David Mabuza has called on the ANC to introspect on what went wrong concerning recent election decline at the party’s provincial executive committee lekgotla on Saturday.
“This is a clear indication that a vast majority of our voters stayed away from the polling stations for various reasons,” he told the provincial lekgotla.