Malema disbands EFF Limpopo leadership ahead of crucial conference

Moyahabo Mabeba

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Limpopo has been thrown into disarray following the disbandment of Provincial Command Team (PCT), led by chairman Jossie Buthane.

Scrolla.Africa has been reliably informed that party leader, Julius Malema dissolved the Limpopo structure after the red berets performed dismally during the 2021 Local Government Elections in some municipalities.  

It is understood that Malema was gravely concerned about the EFF’s dismal performance in the Thulamela Municipality, where the ANC won the municipal elections by a resounding 85%.

However, several branch leaders in the province said the decision to dissolve the PCT was ill-timed and will have negative consequences.  

Sydney Babeile, a branch leader in Ward 13 in the Makhuduthamaga municipality in Sekhukhune, said there were already strained relations between the EFF and Buthane before the elections.

“Buthane was already a persona non grata in many branches in Limpopo. He imposed us with councillors we didn’t prefer and that dealt the party a huge blow,” Babeile said.

Babeile said that from top to bottom, the party was fed up with Buthane.

“Not only did he anger the ground forces, but also the top brass. His unpopular decisions placed him in a dangerous position.”  

Mamphotha Masiela, a branch secretary from Ward 7 in Molemole in Capricorn, said the disbandment will derail preparations for the provincial elective conference.

“The timing is just wrong. This means we should start with branch and regional general meetings before we could go to the provincial conference to elect the PCT,” he said.

Mashudu Ramunenyiwa from Ward 12 in Thulamela in the Vhembe region said the disbandment was a tough call but it was necessary.

“The EFF in this region is dying a slow death and something drastic needs to be done before the elective conference to revive the party and return it to its former glory,” she added.

In 2016, Malema took a decision to disband the party’s provincial and regional structures in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

At the time, Malema said the aim was to rebuild the EFF in those provinces.