Malema unchallenged in election as EFF president

A candidate from the Free State declined nomination to challenge him for the presidency.

The EFF elected its top six at the party's national people's assembly on 14 December. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has elected its top six at the party's inaugural National People's assembly in Bloemfontein.

Party leader Julius Malema was elected unopposed, after a candidate from the Free State declined nomination to challenge him for the presidency.

Others elected into the top structure are chief whip Floyd Shivambu as deputy president, and Magdalene Moonsamy as treasurer.

WATCH: EFF top leadership nominated unopposed

During his opening address, Malema criticised those who had disrupted provincial congresses and labelled them attention seekers with hidden agendas.

"There is no one, not a single individual in this assembly who will dare disrupt this assembly. There is no single individual who will dare divide the unity of this alternative movement."

Malema also launched a scathing attack on EFF members who "join the party for positions or to settle scores from their previous organisation."

WATCH: Malema's opening address at the EFF assembly

At the same time, the EFF once again accused the African National Congress (ANC) of trying to use state institutions to stifle its growth, saying its short-notice decision to move its conference to Bloemfontein is the latest in a string of attempts to prevent the party from organising its members.

Two thousand delegates from across the country converged on the University of the Free State for the assembly on Sunday.

Among the guests in attendance were international organisations in solidarity with Palestine and other leftist groups.

MALEMA: NO ANC

Malema has also ruled out any possibility of returning to the ANC as an individual or with his party.

Weekend reports quoted Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as saying she wants the EFF leader to return to the ruling party.

But Malema said the ANC's future prospective leaders are worrisome and have been compromised by the president.

He said the ANC leadership has become entrenched in patronage, making it unfit to govern.

"It's going to be worse than what it is because [Deputy President] Cyril Ramaphosa is worse than Jacob Zuma. Cyril is a criminal of note. In every political engagement he sees a transaction."

Malema said the ANC is dominated by people from one region and factionalism.

The EFF leader also dismissed any accusations of heavy-handed rule in his party, saying they act decisively to ensure the party's survival.