Mente set to replace busy legal eagle
The political dalliance between the EFF and their national chairperson, Dali Mpofu, appears to be petering out after he was expunged from Julius Malema’s slate of new leaders to be elected in the party’s elective conference in Nasrec, Joburg in December.
Sunday World has learnt from two party members that Mpofu has been replaced by EFF MP Veronica Mente.
Mpofu would not be the only member to be excluded from the leadership. EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee will be replaced by EFF MP Marshall Dlamini.
Malema and Floyd Shivambu will retain their positions as president and deputy president respectively while Omphile Maotwe will be deputy secretary and Poppy Mailola treasurer.
Two EFF members, who didn’t want to be named because they were not allowed to speak to the media, confirmed that Mpofu, a senior counsel, has been removed from the slate because of his hectic schedule.
“He has been having too many court cases, which made it difficult for him to attend crucial party activities.”
The member further confirmed that Dlamini has replaced Gardee as the preferred secretary-general.
The member said final decisions about who should be in the leadership will be discussed and possibly finalised at the party’s war council next week.
Another member, who also did not want to be named, confirmed that Mente and Dlamini will replace Mpofu and Gardee and maintained that the slate will divide the party.
“It’s a problem because EFF Gauteng leader Mandisa Mkhize and KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Vuyi Khoza have indicated that they would not
support the list without Dali.”
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi declined to comment.
“It is against the EFF law to discuss leadership with and through the media.”
By Ngwako Malatji