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EFF defends appointment of convicted murderer

Papiki Babuile was on Wednesday convicted for the 2012 murder of ANCYL chair David Chika.

FILE: The EFF says there’s nothing wrong with Papiki Babuile remaining in his position as North West secretary. Picture: EFF.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) say there's nothing wrong with a convicted murderer remaining in his position as North West secretary despite being found guilty just last week.

Papiki Babuile was convicted on Wednesday for the 2012 murder of African National Congress Youth League chair David Chika.

Just a few days later, Babuile was elected as the EFF's North West secretary.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says Babuile has appealed the judgment and will remain in his position until a final decision is taken by a higher court.

"If the highest court finds him guilty, he will forfeit all those positions."

Chika was shot at point-blank range in the driveway of his home in Alabama, Klerksdorp in December 2012.

Police said a man ambushed Chika while he was driving into his home and fled the scene.

Former Gauteng EFF leader Lufuno Gogoro says the party's declaration clearly states that it's against corruption.

But he claims EFF leader Julius Malema is paving the way for his friends.

"The reason why they're doing this is they're paving the way for their friends. Remember now, the EFF is no longer a political party, it's the friends of Julius Malema."

Gogoro is leading a march to the party's national head office on Friday to demand Malema's resignation, saying his immaturity is killing the EFF.