Kunene quits EFF leadership

EFF has denied reports that businessman Kenny Kunene has quit the party.

FILE: Businessman Kenny Kunene and members of the EFF arrive in Marikana ahead of the anniversary of the shooting in which 34 miners were killed. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Firebrand political leader Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has denied reports that controversial businessman Kenny Kunene has quit the party.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the reports are a misrepresentation of the truth.

"He [Kunene] has requested to be relieved from leadership responsibilities and will remain an ordinary member of the EFF."

Kunene tweeted last month that he was going into politics full time "as a member and a revolutionary cadre of the Economic Freedom Fighters movement to make it a force to be reckoned with and to contest the next election".

In an online statement by Kunene, he detailed his reasons for joining the EFF and described the party as "an alternative voice in this country that will be revolutionary."

"I have taken the decision to be part of a collective, working hard and tirelessly to give birth to the Economic Freedom Fighters movement in order to not only take on the challenges facing the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable, but to show the ANC that it's not just me who feels the way I do."

He added that the formation of the EFF was "not the decision of Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu or Kenny Kunene. It is the better, alternative voice of South Africans who are fed up with living without hope that things will ever change for the better."

He called all South Africans to join him and the movement.

"I therefore invite all South Africans who are tired of being lied to, manipulated and treated with arrogance to join the only revolutionary party in this country."

He signed off with, "Yours in revolution, Kenny T Kunene".

Meanwhile, the EFF"s registration with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is reportedly incomplete and the party hasn't officially been registered as a political party.

RETURN TO POLITICAL ARENA

After a lengthy absence from the South African political arena, Malema announced the official formation of the EFF in July.

Malema said the party will fight for nationalisation of mines and land reform without compensation.

The controversial politician said while these policies may result in sanctions and a situation similar to Zimbabwe's, he claimed South Africans were ready.

The party also confirmed it will officially register as a political party and contest the 2014 general elections during its national assembly in Soweto.

During a two-day assembly at the end of July, the party also adopted its first founding manifesto and constitution.