Tensions run high in the EFF as members revolt

The EFF’s first test of internal democracy ended in a walkout & nomination slates being burnt.

EFF members burn a list they allege was used to predetermine the nominations for the party's Central Command Team. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s first test of internal democracy has ended with a walkout by unhappy members of the party and nomination slates loyal to Julius Malema being burnt by protesting delegates outside the main plenary.

The red berets are this week hosting their first ever National People's Assembly at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein and elected their top six leaders unopposed at the weekend.

But the party has come under fire from members who claim the commander-in-chief is trying to impose his preferred leaders on the collective.

Every time Malema raised his hand to second the nomination of one of the EFF leaders on the slate, a majority of the members in the hall followed suit.

But disgruntled Gauteng EFF members refused to conform and after Member of Parliament (MP) Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, declined her nomination, the process began to fall apart.

Another MP, Andile Mngxitama, was next to refuse election.

"And I've been spoken to by a lot of fighters, I was going to accept this nomination but I don't think my revolutionary consciousness can accept it."

Fighters unhappy with the slates then left the plenary while the election of 35 Central Command Team leaders went ahead unopposed.