- Julius Malema says every position in the EFF will be contested at the upcoming electoral conference
- Speaking during a site visit at NASREC, where the conference will be taking place in December, Malema denied factionalism within the party
- This comes following rumours that some within the party were seeking to dethrone him, along with deputy Floyd Shivambu
Julius Malema has denied rumours of factions emerging within the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Briefly.co.za reported that allegations had emerged that factions were growing within the Red Berets.
National chairperson for the party, Dali Mpofu, had been a subject of the reported factionalism but had strongly denounced the claim:
“We have no factions. There will never be factions in this party."
Malema had reportedly made the call to remove Mpofu from his position following schedule conflicts.
However, Mpofu seems to be happy that a single person would not be able to hold a monopoly over any position in the EFF:
“If [Malema is] re-elected in December this year, I would be surprised if he stands for another term. I am not even sure if he will be available right now. We believe in the continuity of leadership. For example, even myself I would never want to be in the same position for two or three terms because it would stifle the organisation. We need fresh ideas, fresh thinking.”
The Citizen reports that Malema had put forward similar sentiments, commenting that:
“All positions in the EFF are contested, including that of the president. Don’t say there are divisions when Dali contests for the presidency in December, you must be happy that we have democratic processes."
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