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In the war between the new kids on the political block, AgangSA says it is concerned for the safety of its newest recruits following claims of intimidation after 268 members of the Economic Freedom Fighters left the party to join AgangSA.
AgangSA spokesman Thabo Leshilo said the EFF had intimidated many new Agang recruits in the Sedibeng region of Gauteng.
One of the defectors confirmed that Agang had provided security for the recruits who were most at risk.
Leshilo claimed that former EFF leaders Pule Matshitshe and Nozi Poswayo who joined Agang were intimidated by EFF members.
He claimed that “50 cars” pulled up at each of their houses demanding application forms of people they had signed up for their former political home.
EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi rejected the claims yesterday.
“They are drunk those people of Agang. I don’t know, I can’t verify if there were 50 cars but it sounds bizarre, like a real exaggeration,” he said.
“Even the president of the republic doesn’t drive with 50 cars. It is dramatised, exaggerated, like they’re doing theatre with a created, imagined character,” Ndlozi said.
Ndlozi and other EFF members who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak on behalf of the party, said Matshitshe had been demoted from the position of Gauteng co-ordinator months ago.
Matshitshe said he didn’t care that Ndlozi and others said he had been demoted.
“They can say whatever they like. I’ve got nothing to protect, nothing to lose,” he said.
But Leshilo countered the EFF’s claims by saying Matshitshe had in fact been promoted from his position as Gauteng convenor to that of national convenor.