EFF mem­ber ac­cuses party of hypocrisy

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - KHAYA KOKO AND TE­BOGO MONAMA

THE wo­man at the cen­tre of a se­nior EFF leader’s sus­pen­sion has ac­cused the party of hypocrisy.

Yes­ter­day, the party an­nounced the sus­pen­sion of Gaut­eng EFF mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture Pa­trick Sin­dane for al­legedly as­sault­ing his girl­friend, Le­bo­gang Mo­goase.

The al­leged as­sault hap­pened af­ter the fu­neral of an EFF mem­ber in Or­lando, Soweto on Satur­day.

Sin­dane and Mo­goase have de­nied the as­sault hap­pened. Mo­goase has not opened a crim­i­nal case.

EFF Gaut­eng act­ing chair­per­son Man­disa Mashego said that de­spite this, the party had placed Sin­dane on sus­pen­sion and would in­sti­tute dis­ci­plinary ac­tion.

She said: “Se­nior lead­ers can­not place the party in dis­re­pute. We guard our rep­u­ta­tion jeal­ousy. Whether or not we get a for­mal com­plaint from the vic­tim, we have to in­ves­ti­gate the facts.”

Mashego said the party had com­mit­ted it­self to fight­ing sex­ism and the abuse of women. “If the EFF is to put up a con­vinc­ing fight against pa­tri­archy, cul­tural male chau­vin­ism and gen­eral vi­o­lence and abuse against women and chil­dren, its ef­forts and pro­grammes must not be com­pro­mised, least of all by its pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives and any mem­ber of the EFF,” Mashego said.

But Mo­goase ac­cused Mashego of be­ing a hyp­ocrite. She claims that in Au­gust, Mashego’s boyfriend man­han­dled and poured al­co­hol on a party vol­un­teer af­ter a fu­neral.

“Why didn’t she take steps against him? Now that it is Sin­dane, she is mak­ing it out to be a big deal.”

Mo­goase said she was an­gry Mashego didn’t call her to es­tab­lish the facts of the al­leged as­sault. Mashego said: “The mat­ter is not per­sonal. I do not wish to com­ment fur­ther.”

Over the week­end, Sin­dane wrote on Twit­ter that he was taking re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions. He as­serts the rea­son he said that was for what he called his un­be­com­ing be­hav­iour af­ter the fu­neral.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to The Star this week, Sin­dane con­ceded that he was drunk on Satur­day af­ter the fu­neral.

“I was drunk and started hav­ing a heated con­ver­sa­tion with my girl­friend, Le­bo­gang Mo­goase. We would ar­gue and then stop, and ar­gue some more. Af­ter re­peated ar­gu­ments, my girl­friend be­came emo­tional, started cry­ing and moved away from where we were sit­ting,” Sin­dane ex­plained.

He added that Mo­goase, who is also an EFF mem­ber, moved to­wards a car which was parked nearby and peo­ple thought she had been hit by him. One EFF mem­ber, Sin­dane added, con­fronted him about al­legedly hitting Mo­goase, and the two of them en­gaged in a phys­i­cal fight.

“That is what I meant about taking re­spon­si­bil­ity; as a pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tive, I be­lieve fight­ing in pub­lic is not cor­rect, es­pe­cially be­cause I was in­tox­i­cated. I did not lay a hand on my girl­friend,” Sin­dane said ve­he­mently.

“None of the peo­ple who were there can ac­cu­rately say that I beat her up be­cause I did not,” he stressed.

Mo­goase con­firmed his ver­sion of events to The Star, say­ing she was “an emo­tional per­son”, who cries when she is hurt. Mo­goase added that, of the peo­ple who were at the “af­ter tears” – a gather­ing af­ter a fu­neral usu­ally held in townships – she was the only one who was not drink­ing as she doesn’t drink any­more for health rea­sons.

“So, when I tried to break up the fight (be­tween Sin­dane and the EFF mem­ber) and tried to ex­plain that my boyfriend didn’t abuse me, no one was will­ing to lis­ten be­cause the fight was heated and peo­ple were drunk,” Mo­goase said.

“He (Sin­dane) has never beat me up be­fore – there is no rea­son for me to pro­tect him if he had beaten me up. I haven’t even opened a case,” she em­pha­sised.

On his sus­pen­sion, Sin­dane said: “It is only fair that the or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lishes the facts. It is the ight thing to do.” But Mo­goase said she now blames her­self for her lover’s sus­pen­sion. “I feel bad for cry­ing in pub­lic. Peo­ple are now as­sum­ing the worst of him. Sin­dane has never hit me, and if he did I would not de­fend him.”

Pa­trick Sin­dane

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