Mpofu praises EFF delegates

The national chairperson said the party cemented its place in SA politics.

Newly elected Economic Freedom Fighters chairperson, Advocate Dali Mpofu speaking at the party's People's Assembly on 25 December 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has proven it is a revolution worth its salt because it survived several challenges in the run up to its National People's Assembly, party chairperson Dali Mpofu said on Tuesday.

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.

Mpofu opened Tuesday's session after a walkout by Gauteng delegates last night in opposition to apparent slate nominations by those loyal to party leader Julius Malema.

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.

Video: Tensions run high outside EFF conference.