- EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu has hinted that there may be changes in the Red Berets' leadership
- The advocate claimed that he would be surprised if leader Julius Malema stood for another term at the helm of the party
- Mpofu claimed that retaining the same leaders would stifle the organisation, calling for 'fresh ideas'
Dali Mpofu has hinted that Julius Malema may not be returning to lead the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Speaking to PowerFM, Mpofu revealed that he would be surprised if Malema stood for another term:
"If he's re-elected in December this year, I'd be surprised if he stands for another term. It's a difficult task and we believe in continuity of leadership. For example, even myself, I would never want to be in the same position, maybe not even for one term, let alone two terms or three terms. Because it would stifle the organisation to do that. We need fresh ideas. We need fresh thinking. And we can all play different roles."
Mpofu is adamant that titles are not what is really important to the EFF's leadership, commenting:
"As I say, we are not stuck with titles. if we were stuck with titles we would have wanted to be mayor of Johannesburg or mayor of Tshwane, or this, that and the other."
When asked if the EFF could survive without their iconic leader at the helm of the party, Mpofu said:
"Of course it will. Not that it could. It will. I don't even know if he is going to stand. Our term finishes on the 14th of December this year. If he gets re-elected, I would be very surprised if he stands again after that, or even if he makes himself available."
The chairperson says that current leadership is focused on building a foundation for the future of the EFF:
"The reason I have invested so many years in such difficult circumstances in building the first five years is so that we can create a base from which future leaders can take over. It's not to build it for ourselves. Not at all."
As for the upcoming elective conference, Mpofu insists that it is less about personal ambition and more about their crusade:
"As far as the conference is concerned, nobody is coming back. There is no coming back. Our terms ends in December and it is up to the delegates at that conference who will decide which leader they want. Well, I think we have demonstrated sufficiently that we are not in this thing for personal ambition. If we were in this for personal ambition we would've stayed in the ANC and some of us would have been ministers or MECs and so on."
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