Malema Announces Interim Leadership of EFF

By Ntokozo Sindane    12-Jul-2013 08:52 UTC+02:00 42
The Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters announced the interim leadership of the organisation at a press conference on Thursday. – image -

The Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters announced the interim leadership of the organisation at a press conference on Thursday. – image –

The Economic Freedom Fighters gathered before the press in Constitution Hill, Braamfontein on Thursday. Businessman-turned-freedom-fighter Kenny Kunene arrived early to greet and welcome the journalists who were there long before the press conference started. EFF Commander in Chief Julius Malema entered the hall flanked by members of the EFF executive panel and interim provincial leaders. Many in the media were not expecting to see television personality Fana Mokoena wearing a red beret and taking a seat with the people whose struggle is that of “economic freedom in our lifetime”.

Julius Malema began reading the press statement and pointed out that people from all walks of life have heeded the call to be actively involved in the economic struggle as presented by the EFF. This came as no surprise to the leadership that has emerged in the EFF as the organization itself is “inspired by the struggles of the people”. Malema said: “Since the clarion call, thousands of progressive Economic Freedom Fighters, non-governmental organizations, youth, workers, traditional leaders, activists, movements, non-profit organizations, political parties, churches, intellectuals, academics, students, traditional chiefs, headmen and kings, independent councilors, internationalists, and many others have responded to the clarion call and gave definite answers on WHAT IS TO BE DONE?”

Julius Malema went on to explain that at present, the main focus of the EFF is preparing for the NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE. The NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ON WHAT IS TO BE DONE will be held in Soweto from 26 to 27 July. Delegations of Economic Freedom Fighters from regions, sub-regions and wards all over the country will attend. The EFF invited progressive organizations including other independent political parties and Economic Freedom Fighters from other African countries to be available at the national assembly.

The values and principles of the EFF have freedom icon Nelson Mandela, written all over them. Human dignity, equality, human rights, non-racialism and non-sexism reign supreme in the EFF. Economic Freedom Fighters strive for a democratic government that is accountable, responsive and open.

The Commander in Chief laid the foundations of the EFF bare so that there can be no confusion about what the organization stands for. The expropriation of the country’s land without compensation and the nationalization of strategic economic sectors top the list. The EFF believe that the abolishment of tenders will deal with corruption decisively. The Economic Freedom Fighters find the issue of poor sanitation which has been highlighted in the Western Cape in recent weeks particularly disturbing and seek to address that as a matter of priority in the organization.

In South Africa, any political organization that sincerely aims to see to the needs of the people must not ignore the unemployment elephant in the room. Over and above protected industrial development, the EFF stands for the introduction of minimum wages. In the statement read by Malema, the EFF elaborated on corruption. He went as far as to say: “Anyone found guilty of corruption will never sit proudly and wear the beret of the Economic Freedom Fighters.”

The executive leadership of the EFF includes (from right to left) Floyd Shivambu, Julius Malema, Mpho Ramakatsa and Kenny Kunene. – image –

The executive leadership of the EFF includes (from right to left) Floyd Shivambu, Julius Malema, Mpho Ramakatsa and Kenny Kunene. – image –

As for the corruption and fraud charges against Malema and other leaders within the EFF, the national co-ordinator Mpho Ramakatsa responded to a reporter’s question: “South Africans, you should expect more cases against us sitting here. As I’m talking to you, this morning I also received a call that those that are in power in the Free State have opened cases against me. They are still going to open cases and we will give them cooperation in their own investigation.” There have also been reports of possible charges against Kenny Kunene.

Julius Malema heads the Economic Freedom Fighters as the Commander in Chief and National Convenor. Mpho Ramakatsa, former ANC leader in the Free State, is the National Coordinator. The National Central Command Team consists of Floyd Shivambu, Kenny Kunene, Sam Tshabalala, Fana Mokoena and Leigh Ann. The remaining members of the team are Pabane Moteka, Hlayiseka Chawane, Sipho Mbatha, Mandisa Makesini and Hlengiwe Hlophe.

In a short space of time, the Economic Freedom Fighters have garnered Provincial Central Command Teams in all the provinces. Themba Kiro is the Eastern Cape convenor and the coordinator is Pumza Ntobongwana. In the Free State, Sam Matiase is the convenor and Willy Tshabalala is the coordinator. The Gauteng province is represented by Pule Matshitse as the provincial convenor and he is assisted by two coordinators, Parks Khaiyane and Lufuno Gogoro. Reggie Ngcobo holds the position of convenor in KwaZulu-Natal while Nathi Phewu is the coordinator.

In Limpopo, Economic Freedom Fighters Michael Mathebe and George Raphela are convenor and coordinator respectively. Ayanda Tshabalala oversees the activities of the Mpumalanga province and Dumisani Ncongwane is the coordinator. North West Economic Freedom Fighters are led by Alfred Motsi with Papiki Babuile as the coordinator and in the Northern Cape, the convenor is Mbuyiselo Matebus and the coordinator is Adri Noble. To mobilize the Economic Freedom Fighters in the Western Cape, Gcobani Nozongana has been named as the convener and Lephallo Mahoto has been given the role of coordinator.

After reading the statement about the developments in the organization and the headway made by the Economic Freedom Fighters, the leaders took questions from the media. One of those questions was with regards to the comparison between the EFF and other parties formed by those who have left the ranks of the ANC such as COPE. Malema dispelled the comparison and answered that the EFF are unique because none of these aforementioned parties are radically protesting the economic state of the country. Julius Malema told reporters: “We are a protest movement. They are not a protest movement.”

Malema further added that the Economic Freedom Fighters are not bitter and disgruntled over lost positions of power that they once held with the ruling party which is now a “shadow of its former self”. He said that the Economic Freedom Fighters are ordinary citizens of the country who have no desire for power and are only interested in making “economic freedom in our lifetime” a reality.



  1. Andile says:

    It seems like EFF Is Coming with lots of good things we will like and love, it not about compete with other parties but is to create a batter future for South Africans ,I love this thing of Mr Julius Malema —-Amandla ………0724861952 anytime for any people’s to vote and support….thanks

  2. Gary Gordon says:

    Red berets…. they need red clip-on noses and a circus tent.

    • Gabriel says:

      hey Gary we had Bob Swift in Zimbabwe who had people in the house of commons. He lost everything because of foolishness. Take these guys seriously if not you will find yourself in deep shit.
      they are here to stay and above all else they want the land. yes the land Baas whatever you call yourself.

  3. SANDISA JAMES says:

    Julius Malema, Juliusssssssss

  4. neo says:

    Let us all stand 2geda EFF is a force tht will delivr all of us 4rm EFF viva

  5. Kholofelo says:

    I am highly impressed that Julius Malema has never given up freedom fighting, EFF is really a Party to Vote for,South Africa indeed need a change for a better future which is held by EFF, we support the party with all our faith, Diepsloot we are hungry to recruit.

  6. Senzo says:

    Akusheshe julius sikhatsi siphelile sifuna kwakha ma branch e EFF.AMANDLA!!

  7. Nkosinathi Marketsi says:

    Sikhathi sesfikile shesha our future president juju. We want to open branches. they said they Will rules till Jesus came. U are Jesus now juju. U a here to rescuing us from the ANCZuma 0711425383

  8. New member says:

    When we find reason to to be radical about political climate we are facing 2day our efforts will be the change in the way we think n now is the time to do that with the eff……..amandla….

  9. Malandela says:

    Amandla Juju Man, economic freedom in our life time 100% supported, KNZ Richards Bay please guys we waiting for u!!!

  10. pheya says:


  11. Bunda says:

    The time for change has arrived.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Viva juju phambili you are on the right track

  13. Noluthando Rammekoa says:

    I am behind Economic Freedom Fighters all the way. 0714624041

  14. Hlori says:

    Thanx 4 u wz long overdue us blacks 2 hv economic freedom in our life tym.salute my eff viva

  15. Luckyboy wa lebakajuju lucky menong says:

    Viva E.F.F viva

  16. tebogo madibeletse masete says:

    as long we stil alowed to b runned by guptas we r going nowhere.eff is here to stay.we r mobilising for fighters.let us hv membership eff viva

  17. Zacharia Maake says:

    EFF is my party i like it n i love it,Anc e sana le aparteit yela ya maburu.

  18. Deli Khumalo says:

    Viva Fighters ,,,its time to give the youth the power ,,,Jobs,,,and Voice to bee represented on the government level.

  19. f letsoalo says:

    malema otswana le mugabe a o nyake naga ya rena e boele morago mandela o ilwetse

  20. S.T NAPE says:

    THE TRUTH AND THE PEOPLE SHALL GOVERN so i fall in love with EFF Because the truth it s there!NOT PROPAGANDER THAT USED BY OTHER P…..CS

  21. Tiisetso mokgope says:

    Phambili we go juju viva EFF viva i thnk its time to change a political landscape of this country its about time re lapile ka this broer skap se ba rego ke ANC

    • Phillip says:

      I dont support what my frneid Julius Malema did at all – I would apologise and move on if I was him. I must admit though that the song did really tickled my fancy. I couldn’t stop listening to it Malema could be a good rapper if he wasn’t in politics.

  22. Tiisetso mokgope says:

    We need guys like you in ward 15 ripho machate branch bohlabela region coz its a no go zone area for ANC so only BRA controls the area.

  23. sello segone says:

    Let us not join EFF and relax we must fight till we get what we want AMANTLA

  24. fighters sipho says:

    We behind you juju boy all the way.we will fight against white supremcy,bring back africa to africans. EFF radical for showerman is busy playing games..

  25. Maleho Mosala says:

    Ke nako ya hore batjha ba Africa Borwa re lwanele ditokelo tsa rona re lwantshe le hlokeho ya mesebetsi ka hara naha ya rona, ke le boha Juju le baetapele bohle ba EFF ho refa sebaka seo… #EFF I salute!!!

  26. Busisiwe says:

    Viva EFF ke nako

  27. oupa sako says:

    Plse juju try to go out and visit our followers cause they are hungry and sick n tired of hearing the stupid security cluster defending this houtkop plse do something my commander before they loose hope plse don’t focus on anc


    We will struggle with julius Malema commander in chief of our life styles , amandla

  29. Ta'Mthera says:

    Foward EFF foward-asijiki fighters!

  30. Sello ka Solo says:

    Juju my president,we are government in waiting..the arrogance of Zanc is coming to an end…history is about to be made come may polls.amandla EFF,phambili CIC Julius Sello malema

  31. Thembile says:

    One of our former leader has once said a generation that does not take care of the youth has no future I will like to take these comment straight to the commender in chief julius malema if only u can put all your energy you might not win the next general election but you have a guarantee in the near future.

  32. maphuti says:

    a giant baby is born change the capitalist agenda now

  33. jeff says:

    4ward we go backward never.forward with our eff viva.

  34. fighter jeffrey says:

    viva juju viva,i cn’t wait 2launch our ward 24 in cloverdene benoni.fighters r hungry 2sing tshela thupa.amandla.

  35. makhayinge Ernest Hlungwani says:

    Thank mr malema juju for this page also your vision to take south African people to freedom
    teach those people how to rule the country.go on I’m behind you I’m the fun of EFF I’m in limpopo giyani homu 14A

  36. Ernest makhayinge wa Hlengane.0782912923 says:

    I would like to pleased mr juju malema to come and lounge the party here in giyani homu 14A village in limpopo.plz take us frm the anti apartheid leading Congress.this ruling party is totaly defferent with the one mr madiba lead
    they never learn anything from him
    we dnt have me malema meet me on my mobile no above 0782912923/0760335555

    • Nid says:

      In other news, Lembede Investment Holdings (the financial arm of the ANC Youth League) were reetncly investigated by Gobodo auditors who found some irregularities. According to the Sunday Times last weekend, some R436 million from 32 suspect deals was found unaccounted for by the auditors. For new Wonkie readers, in case, you didn’t get the reference in the last frame about Julius Malema doing the math check out Julius Malema’s matric results.

  37. Thabane says:

    Eff will fix everything in south africa hhay lento ye anc

  38. Brandy Van Wyk says:

    Viva EFF viva at!!!!!! #Juju

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