Former ANCYL national leader Magasela Mzobe resigns to join EFF

Former ANC Youth leader Magasela Mzobe ditches ANC and joins the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Picture: Facebook

Former ANC Youth leader Magasela Mzobe ditches ANC and joins the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Picture: Facebook

Published Oct 16, 2023


The resignation of the former ANC Youth League leader, Magasela Mzobe comes as a shock to the political landscape, particularly for the African National Congress (ANC).

Mzobe has ditched the ANC to join the EFF after his long-term service in the ruling party at a time when the two parties are in campaign gear for the 2024 elections.

He announced his resignation on social media on Saturday, stating that he could no longer stand or defend the ANC’s policy choices and decisions.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Mzobe said: "Friends and comrades. I have decided to officially resign from the ANC as I can no longer consciously associate with or defend its decisions and policy choices.

"To comrades I met in the ANC, SA Students’ Congress (SA Students’ Congress) and the ANCYL who became my family. I wish our brotherhood and sisterhood are not affected by this decision."

On Sunday, as seen in the pictures circulating on social media, Mzobe signed what is believed to be a contract to join the EFF.

"I signed my EFF membership form at Osizweni Township, Newcastle, KZN. Thank you, fighters, for accepting my membership. We shall make a humble contribution to the struggle of our generation. Economic Freedom in our Lifetime," he said.

In one of the pictures, Mzobe can be seen with some of the EFF leadership members, Floyd Shivambu, Dali Mpofu, and Marshall Dlamini, during a consultative meeting with the creative sector on Friday.

In the meeting, Mzobe made recommendations that would champion sports fanatics in the party. He is the founder of the Newcastle All Stars Football Club.

Mzobe was once a dedicated member of the ANC and also served as a secretary general in Sasco in 2008 just before making his move to the Newcastle mayor’s office, then later to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health (KZNDoH).

He also worked as the chairperson of the Umgeni Water Board where he was appointed by the then Minister of Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu.

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