According to reports, Sipho Monareng a former Ehlanzeni district executive member, and the leader of the ANC faction behind the Save Mpumalanga ANC movement that campaigned for the removal of the Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, has joined the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with about 70 other ANC members who pledged their allegiance to the EFF.
While Monareng was being welcomed to the EFF, he vowed that he will ensure his previous party loses power in the upcoming local government elections.
“We are not joining the EFF to get positions” Monareng stated and added; “our primary focus is to take over the municipality and South Africa.”
Insinuations surrounding the defection says the defectors were sent by the ANC to infiltrate the EFF. As speculated, Monareng is already reconciled with the Mpumalanga Premier, and only joined the EFF, with other ANC members to destroy the EFF as instructed by ANC leadership.
To that, Monareng commented that he and Mabuza had “a number of meetings known by the members of the ANC with the hope that the issues we have been raising would be sorted out, but unfortunately we could not find joy.” The rumors according to Monareng are coming from ” people that wanted to divide us.”
The EFF provincial leader, Collen Sedibe nevertheless welcomed Monareng and his group that abandoned the ANC. Speaking, the EFF provincial leader said; “It is important for any organisation to grow, if we are going to do gate-keeping, we might be limiting our chances of growing.
We must move from the 83 000 votes that we got in the 2014 elections and either double it or triple it, and we need these people who have the experience to organize in branches.”
The current leader of the Save ANC movement Peter Nyoni called on the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC to realize “that the exodus of comrades from the ANC to the EFF is a confirmation that there are challenges within the ANC.”
ANC provincial spokesperson, Thulare Madileng confirmed the mass departure lamenting that the ANC ought to be growing in terms of membership. “It’s very unfortunate for any organisation to lose membership,” Madileng wailed.