EFF blames mayor for chaos

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CRYING FOUL: Economic Freedom Fighters central command team member Ntokozo Hlonyana and party chief whip in the Enoch Mgijima municipal council Luthando Amos addressed the media at the party’s offices on Monday Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA
CRYING FOUL: Economic Freedom Fighters central command team member Ntokozo Hlonyana and party chief whip in the Enoch Mgijima municipal council Luthando Amos addressed the media at the party’s offices on Monday Picture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have placed the blame for the chaos that broke out at their cadres’ forum, which was also open to non-members of the party on Sunday squarely on the shoulders of an ANC regional senior leader.
EFF national leader Ntokozo Hlonyana, responding to queries from The Rep following a press briefing on Monday, confirmed the disruption of the forum but denied that, as had been rumoured, it had to do with calls for certain councillors to resign.
She said despite a standing resolution for PR councillors who had less than 100 votes in their branches to resign, there was no talk of councillors resigning on Sunday.
She said only party chief whip in Enoch Mgijima, Luthando Amos, and fellow councillor, Sakele Kula, attended the meeting as other councillors were campaigning in Amathole for an upcoming by-election.
Hlonyana is also the convener of the Chris Hani region as the party had disbanded all its structures in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
There were cadres’ forums in Engcobo and Intsika Yethu last Friday, Sakhisizwe and Emalahleni on Saturday and Enoch Mgijima and Inxuba Yethemba on Sunday.
“When we arrived in Enoch Mgijima we realised a fifth element was at play. An ANC regional treasurer by the name of Gunuza [Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha] sent people to disrupt the forum.
“But the EFF is stronger than that and we continued. She bought alcohol for people to come and disrupt us but the fighters contained the situation and we continued with the meeting,” Hlonyana claimed.
She said the scuffle had nothing to do with internal EFF processes.
Gunuza Nkwentsha, who is the Enoch Mgijima municipality executive mayor, did not take the accusations lying down this week.
“I did not even know the EFF had an event. I had a traditional ceremony at my home in Tarkastad starting on Friday, so I left Komani after the council meeting on Thursday. I went to East London on Saturday as I had a class at Fort Hare University on Sunday at 8am.”
She said she had registered for the Salga conference at 3pm on Sunday in East London and then returned to Komani on Tuesday after the two-day conference.
“I am not an EFF member so why should I want to disrupt their event? I hope the person who made these accusations is ready with evidence to this effect. It is high time people stopped saying things about people without evidence. I am an executive mayor and my integrity is important.”
She said the people of Enoch Mgijima and the ANC would not be happy that attempts were being made to tarnish the name of the executive mayor.

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