Opinion: Mngxitama suffers from the self-ordained black savior syndrome
March 15, 2015
Image Credit: Andile Mngxitama/EFF
Suspended senior Economic Freedom Fighters leaders led by Andile Mngxitama have lodged an application in the South Gauteng High Court asking it to nullify the outcome of the party’s first National people’s Assembly. One does not need any skill to smell the division aroma in the Braamfontein offices.
A former associate of Mngxitama in the September National Imbizo (SNI) labelled him as an egoistic leader who perpetuates factionalism. He stated that only a few disgruntled EFF members buy his “save the soul” campaign.
Is Mngxitama a self-righteous leader who stares the very small particle in Malema’s eye but not aware of the beam of timber that is in his own eyes? Or is he right that there is a need to save the soul of the EFF from Louis Vuitton ideologies?
My sense is that most of EFF members believe that the self-ordained black consciousness priest is rebel who suffer from self-importance syndrome. He is quick to cast a stone while he hides his sins with the rhetoric of “changing” the culture of politics. There are some who believe that without Mngixitama EFF will experience ideological catastrophe. There is zero support for that view.
The root of the current EFF quandary can be traced to their first National People’s assembly where some senior members felt that the National People’s Assembly was rigged in favour of Malema’s allies. An Assembly hangover led Mngxitama to call a press conference a month ago where he was scheduled to expose Malema and his deputy Shivambu for gross mismanagement and a lack accountability, among other things. The presser was a complete disaster for Mngxitama. The situation further led him to accuse Malema of suppressing internal democracy, and organizing the group that nearly sniffed the life of out of him.
Ironically it was the same Mngxitama who once threatened physical assault on Jared Sacks. He wrote on his Facebook page that he was going to beat the shit out of Sacks, merely because he did not like Sack’s opinion piece on Mamphela Ramphele and Steve Biko. He now claims that Malema allies’ behaviour must be condemned. Mngxitama subscribes to the same bully tendencies he now dubs on Malema. His violent behavior was also confirmed last year outside National Assembly, when he nearly exchanged fist with Pieter Groenewald.
On their “save the soul” rally, Mngxitama and fellow suspended EFF leader Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala made a call for Malema to apologise for calling Lindiwe Mazibuko a tea girl. I think most of EFF members will agree with the call. However, the irony is that Litchfield-Tshabalala failed to advise her fellow rebel to apologise for calling Sacks a “little white bastard”.
In his open letter, Ntsako Rirhali Shivambu, who used to be a close associate of Mngxitama in SNI, points out the beam of timber in Mngxitama’s eye. He charges him of gross mismanagement and corruption. It thus comes as a surprise that Mngxitama wants to save the EFF from the same charges.
Ntsako challenges Mngxitama to account for a R100,000 membership payment. He laments that, “It comes as a surprise today to read and watch on news where you are making headlines about saving the soul of EFF. A person who failed to save the soul of SNI cannot be able to save the soul of a political organisation with more than a million voters”.
Mgnxitama is also accused of expelling some members of SNI without hearing. On the contrary, he now calls on EFF leaders to afford him a disciplinary hearing to defend himself.
Having considered all of the above, can we really say that Mngxitama is a misunderstood good guy? Is he on a mission to save the soul of the EFF? Or is an individual who is quick to point to other peoples’ mistake while neglecting his own?
The views expressed in this op-ed are not necessarily the views of Daily Browser.