The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has denied weekend media reports that its Gauteng Provincial Chairperson, Mandisa Mashego, has resigned. According to the reports, the vibrant Mashego tendered her resignation last week to EFF Leader Julius Malema and Secretary General, Marshall Dlamini. There were rumours that Mashego is unhappy with Malema’s tweet, in which he questioned the loyalty of some of EFF provincial leaders that he suspected are contemplating joining the National Peoples Dialogue established by former City of Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba.
“I am told one or two of my provincial chairpersons; one from the inland province, and one from the coastal province are also speaking to you. Please speed up the process,” read the tweet. It is believed that Mashego took exception to the tweet, claiming that it was directed at her since she did not support Malema’s election list during last year’s EFF 2nd National People’s Assembly. However, the EFF has denied any resignation reports. “We have not received any formal resignation letter from Mashego.
We have not received one as a member of the EFF Caucus in the Gauteng Legislature. We have not received one as the Chairperson of Gauteng Province. As far as we are concerned, there’s nothing formal received on our side as the EFF. All that is being asked about her resigning remains a rumour. Until we have received her letter and processed it then we can officially announce, but as it stands, she still remains a member of the EFF,” said EFF National Spokesperson Vuyani Pambo.
Mashego is said to have skipped some of the recent provincial sittings, including EFF meetings and engagements. However, Pambo defended her, saying she has not been feeling well. “She had submitted a medical certificate stating that she is not well. In that regard she had not been participating based on the medical certificate she submitted,” said Pambo. Attempts by Newsnote to get comment from Mashego were unsuccessful as her phone was not answered.