Malema extends olive branch to critics

EFF leader Julius Malema says the disruptions caused by some regions are part of democratic processes.

EFF leader Julius Malema is joined in song by his party's leadership during the EFF's Assembly at the Free State University in Bloemfontein, Sunday 14 December 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s leader, Julius Malema, has extended an olive branch to his detractors and members of the Gauteng delegation of the party's National People's Assembly, saying no-one will be purged and everything that happened was within the rules of the conference.

Yesterday two Members of Parliament (MPs) declined nominations to serve, protesting apparent nominations lists which some delegates claim were pre-determined.

The red berets this week hosted their first ever congress at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

Delegates elected their top six leaders unopposed at the weekend.

Malema says the disruptions caused by some regions are part of democratic processes and he considers the EFF conference one of the best he's ever attended.

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The EFF leader says the party has learnt a lesson.

"All those who were chanting and getting agitated during elections, we forgive you, we know that elections can be emotional and we have learnt a lesson and will perform better next time."

Malema has also vowed that party members who declined nominations will not be purged from their positions in Parliament.

"To all those who declined a nomination, it is your call to remain members of the EFF. There is no-one who is going to deal with you. No MPs will be removed from Parliament on the basis that he or she declined a nomination."

Dali Mpofu opened Tuesday's session after the walkout by Gauteng delegates.

But the party denied division s and said not all Gauteng fighters took part in the protest.

Mpofu said the EFF cemented its place in South African politics.

"A revolution, by its nature, must pass many tests and we have passed those tests."

The chairperson further argued last night's threats of disruptions and the way in which delegates reacted also reaffirmed their commitment to the revolution.

"When we came here we were told this conference will collapse. We started on day one and now we're on day four."

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