- The secretary-general of BLF claims that leader Andile Mngxitama is not a legitimate party member
- This comes after the secretary-general was suspended on various charges
- Mngxitama has rubbished the secretary-general's claims
Siphesihle Jele, the suspended secretary-general of Black First Land First (BLF), has alleged that Andile Mngxitama is not a legitimate member of the party.
Jele has called on Mngxitama to provide proof of his membership.
This comes after Jele was suspended from the party for allegedly using BLF's database to form a union.
Rather than accept his suspension, Jele has taken on Mngxitama as well as Shantha Balashkrina, another leading BLF figure. Jele wants them to produce evidence of their membership before continuing further party activities, Briefly.co.za has gathered. He also insisted that a party imbizo be held so that he could contest his suspension in the open.
According to The Citizen, Jele's statement to this effect was initially published on BLF's official Twitter page. However, it has since been removed.
Mngxitama, however, claims that the account was hacked. Nevertheless, he did confirm that Jele had been suspended.
He also dismissed Jele's claim that he was not a legitimate party member.
"Can you ask a founder of an organisation if he is a member of the very same organisation he founded?" Mngxitama said.
He added that he would remain as party leader until at least 2020. In addition, Mngxitama complained that Jele's comments reflected poorly on the party as a whole.
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