In a press conference held this morning at the ANC Sedibeng regional offices, the regional secretary of the ANC, Bheki Ngobese has welcomed about 10 EFF members to the ANC ranks. These members except Joyce Phakwa from Sharpeville rejoined the party after parting ways with the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Former EFF Gauteng MPL, Parks Khaiyane and former regional secretary said about 85% scores of other comrades who were on the books of the EFF were expected to be accepted into the ANC as the press conference venue was small to accommodate all of them. Ngobese said the new members have been inducted on the traditions of the ANC and will be introduced to their relevant branches were they are expected to start working for the organization.
“We hope that they will strengthen the party’s presence in the branches where they reside and we welcome them back home with warm hearts,” said Ngobese. Ngobese added that, the decision by Parks and other comrades to join our glorious movement proves the ANC remains a political home of choice for all South Africans. Speaking about why he departed from the EFF, Parks said the EFF was being run like gangster organization where members were assaulted and robbed and also forced not to voice their opinions.
Parks added that he himself once became a victim of the EFF members when he was beaten to a pulp in front of his family and children. “The EFF is not an organization that it claims to be, they only talk and talk but their actions dispute what they preach,” he said. He added that the EFF is full of position mongers who are only interested in positions of power but who care less about ordinary people. Another member, Joyce Phakwa who used to be an Admin for EFF regional office said on numerous occasions she has been accused by EFF leaders of stealing EFF information and passing it on to the ANC.
“The EFF is the kind of party that fails to trust its membership but instead accuse them for things they didn’t do. Actually according to me the EFF is a pyramid scheme because members are not treated fairly,” she added. While Phakwa admitted that she was joining the ANC for the first time, but she said the EFF was a worse organization in the country where people are promised a good life but in turn benefits only the few connected. Ngobese said while they were excited to welcome EFF members into the ANC shores, he will ensure that they all stick to organizational rules like payment of membership fees and also that they are inducted to understand the organization processes and procedures.
“We hope their wisdom and experience will help strengthen our branches and they are warmly welcomed into the party.” – Story By Fanelo maseko Pictures By Lerato Mahlangu