Bye-bye EFF: Prominent Eastern Cape members jump ship to rival ANC

Bye-bye EFF: Prominent Eastern Cape members jump ship to rival ANC

The Economic Freedom Fighters have lost three prominent members to the ANC ahead of tommorow's elections. The Eastern Cape provincial organiser said he thought he had joined a political organisation, not a military organisation that ruled with an iron fist.

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The ANC has welcomed three prominent EFF members to its ranks just hours away from the general election.

EFF Eastern Cape provincial organiser, Phumzile Ketwa, spoke to IOL after swapping his red shirt for a green and gold one, saying he had left because the party had abused internal processes that should have been democratic and that leadership refused party decisions to be questioned:

"When I joined EFF in 2013 I thought I was joining a political organisation, but it turned out to be a military organisation that is ruled by an iron fist."

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OR Tambo regional secretary, Mzawamadoda Sitshalwa, and regional chair, Unathi Ketwa, have also jumped ship to the ruling party.

Sitshalwa revealed that he had left in favour of pursuing the same objectives, such as land reform and economic freedom, through the ruling party.

Lulama Ngcukayitobi, ANC provincial secretary for the region, said that the new members felt the ANC was the only political party capable of leading transformation in South Africa:

"We have no doubt that these individuals will make a valuable contribution given the immense organisational knowledge and the skills they have to help the ANC, and we welcome their joining the only liberation movement."

Yazini Tetyana, EFF chair for the Eastern Cape, said that he was aware the members had left in favour of the ANC and commented that they were 'exercising their democratic right' to associate with any political party they chose.

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