EFF members turn on Julius Malema

The EFF leader has been accused by members of his own party of being a dictator.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

BLOEMFONTEIN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been accused of being a dictator by his own party during the party's inaugural National People's Assembly, which is currently underway in Bloemfontein.

The party elected its top six leaders unopposed at the weekend but has come under fire from members who claim party leader Julius Malema is trying to impose his preferred leaders on the collective.

The assembly was disrupted by a walkout of Gauteng members on Monday night, after two prominent leaders refused nominations to serve on the central command team.

This after delegates revealed a list of preferred candidates aligned to Malema which had been circulated among provincial leaders.

Angry EFF members say Monday night's unopposed nomination of central command team leaders was a farce.

EFF Member of Parliament, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, was the first to decline the nomination.

Malema then took to the podium and warned other provinces that they are encouraging anarchists.

The next leader to decline was Andile Mngxitama who called on the EFF leader to protect the organisation.

The Gauteng members booed the commander-in-chief and led a walkout as nominations drew to a close.