Party officials say the matter is an “internal affair” and cannot be communicated to the media.
The EFF in the Mpumalanga province has suspended its Gert Sibande regional convener Koos ‘Pkay’ Nkosi with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing.
Nkosi, who is an EFF councillor in the Gert Sibande district municipality, was suspended a week ago with three other councillors for “laziness”.
Nkosi is suspended barely three weeks after the expulsion of party provincial secretary Alfred Skhosana by the higher structure for “underperformance”.
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013NEWS understands that Nkosi was given a letter of suspension by provincial chair Collen Sedibe on Tuesday last week “during a meeting”.
Two sources said the regional leader’s work has not been pleasing since his deployment to the seat of Gert Sibande district municipality councillor in August 2016.
“He’s out,” one source told the 013NEWS reporter this week.
“He won’t come closer to the council,” the source said.
013NEWS also understands a string of EFF councillors have been sent home with suspension letters – others for “underperformance”, ” laziness” and others for not paying the party levy.
A week ago, Skhosana told this paper that his expulsion and the suspensions of the councillors was purging.
“They accuse them of being aligned to me ahead of the provincial elective conference,” Skhosana said.
Another source told this paper that Nkosi was part of a group that wants Sedibe to be ousted at the upcoming congress. The group wanted Skhosana to serve as the new chair of the Mpumalanga EFF.
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Sedibe expects to be re-elected as the chair of the party and Nkangala district municipality councillor Sam Zandamela is tipped to be the new secretary.
But one faction in Gert Sibande is said to lobbying for Gcina Mofokeng to emerge as the provincial secretary.
Nkosi was co-opted as a provincial command team (PCT) member a year ago following the defection of various PCT members to the ANC.
Both Sedibe and Gert Sibande co-ordinator Thabiso Mofokeng confirmed Nkosi has been sent home pending a disciplinary hearing.
“Yes it’s true but these are internal matters. It’s an internal affair chief leave it,” Mofokeng said.
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The leader may not return to power when the region holds an elective conference in a month’s time.
A growing revolt within the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Gert Sibande region may cost Koos ‘Pkay’ Nkosi the party’s number one job in the region when an elective conference date is announced and fighters gather.
Three highly-placed EFF sources in the region say Nkosi is battling to maintain his grip on power after fighters openly told him they no longer want to be led by him and that another leader should be put in his stead.
Nkosi is the region’s convener and one of the two EFF PR councillors at the Gert Sibande district municipality in Ermelo.
Sources say a meeting on 21 March 2017 at a school in Tembisa, Ermelo – attended by sub-regions as well as provincial leader Collen Sedibe, organiser Cyril Chuene and deputy secretary Ntsako Mkhabela – Nkosi was booed and told to not chair the meeting.
013NEWS understands that Nkosi is accused by the sub-regions of neglecting members and flouting organisational guidelines.
Sources say since 3 August 2016’s local government elections Nkosi never came back “to the people and say ‘thank you, you’ve voted for us’.”
“What we want to know is that he is there in the council and we don’t know what issues he represents us with there.
“We believe that each and every councillor should come to the membership and community and get a mandate on the issues to fight for in the council. Now what does he fight there? Why can’t he come back to us?,” one source based in Msukaligwa told 013NEWS.
“He got the employment he wanted and now he is king and forgets us,” the source said.
Nkosi is also accused of suspending members “without reasons and reporting to the entire membership why those fighters have been suspended”.
He is also accused of manipulating the PR list “to put the people he wants” in councils.
013NEWS also understands that there has been secret meetings by unhappy fighters across the region discussing ways to topple Nkosi.
Nkosi has been a leader of the region at least when the EFF was founded in late 2013.
He first served as organiser before becoming the convener.
The term ‘convener’ refers to a chairperson of a temporary structure and Gert Sibande is set to have its first elective conference before July 2017, called Regional People’s Assembly.
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They are currently concentrating on forming or renewing branches.
Another source who attended the 21 March meeting in Tembisa said fighters – one by one – stood up and expressed their disappointments at how Nkosi runs the region in front of Sedibe and called for his head to roll instantly.
“He tried to chair the meeting and the whole hall told him to sit down. Majority of fighters they didn’t even want him to sit with the leadership in the front.
“When commissar Sedibe tried to calm us down we started singing and told him to choose between Pkay or the movement,” the source said.
Another faction wants Nkosi to be removed as convener ahead of the elective conference fearing that he might rig or delay the conference sitting and end up failing as a region to have a conference and that a female fighter be put in his stead.
But another faction believes this will perpetuate disunity and internal strifes – that Nkosi be afforded the space to deliver the conference together with Secunda’s Thabiso Mofokeng who is regional co-ordinator.
The term ‘co-ordinator’ refers to a secretary of a temporary structure.
013NEWS reliably learnt that one of the strongest of the factions wants Chief Albert Luthuli’s Walter Zulu to emerge as the region’s secretary and Govan Mbeki’s Gcina Mofokeng as the chairman.
Attempts to draw comments from both Zulu and Mofokeng went fruitless.
Nkosi didn’t reply to questions sent on Facebook messenger.
Sedibe confirmed they had such a meeting but dispelled suggestions it was about roasting Nkosi, saying what happened there was “politicking, it was a political meeting”.
“It was a political meeting about cleaning campaigns and building the organisation, nothing else,” Sedibe said.
(edited by ZK)
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