Senior EFF executives have reacted rapidly to reject claims that certain branches are disgruntled with Julius Malema's leadership — after an internal party letter apparently calling on the 40-year-old to quit from his job.
Do EFF members want Julius Malema gone?
Julius Malema has led the EFF for the all of its eight-year existence – but 2021 proved to be the first election year in which they failed to increase support, coming just short of the vote share they received in 2019.
Earlier last week, a letter supposedly sent by the Eastern Cape head of the EFF threw the cat among the pigeons. The alleged letter chastised Julius Malema for 'eroding the accomplishments' accomplished by the Red Berets in recent years, claiming that Juju was harming the Red Berets with his pro-Zuma beliefs and 'attacks on the judiciary.'
"The EFF Eastern Cape Provincial Command Team met to analyze our performance based on the results of our local government elections." Part of this evaluation included our appraisal of the CIC's involvement in diminishing our movement's electoral margins. [Julius Malema] is causing problems for the EFF."
According to an alleged statement from the EFF's Eastern Cape Provincial Command Team
Senior EFF members dispute the purported conspiracy to depose Julius Malema.
The backtracking and distancing, on the other hand, has started in earnest. The Eastern Cape Chairperson of the EFF, Yazini Tetyana, has dismissed the letter as 'false,' calling it a 'desperate effort' by political opponents to create splits.
"WARNING! FAKE ALERT!" This statement is a forgery. All of this stuff is dismissed with contempt. An hostile force's desperate endeavor. So relax and enjoy the performance... It's bogus news, nizithanda gqithi (you adore that)."
How long will Juju be behind the wheel?
Julius Malema has previously declared that he would step down as leader of the EFF "if he is not wanted." However, the political firebrand's party support remains very robust. Juju is very expected to lead the far-left coalition into the 2024 elections.
Meanwhile, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, a Malema acolyte, has come to the CIC's defense, claiming that any conspiracy to depose his boss is "false news."
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