Marshall Dlamini

EFF leaders Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Marshall Dlamini, Floyd Shivambu and Julius Malema at the high court in Pretoria
Photo: Oupa Mokoena / African News Agency (ANA)

IFP leaders behind plot to assassinate EFF secretary-general

EFF condemns any violence or assassination plot against their secretary general or any member.

Marshall Dlamini

EFF leaders Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, Marshall Dlamini, Floyd Shivambu and Julius Malema at the high court in Pretoria
Photo: Oupa Mokoena / African News Agency (ANA)

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has received a briefing from the South African Police Service (SAPS) that senior leaders of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) are plotting to assassinate EFF Secretary General Marshall Dlamini.


EFF national spokesperson Sinawo Thambo says reliable intelligence reports show that senior leaders of the IFP believe that Dlamini is solely responsible for the collective decision they took to initiate and support motions of no confidence against IFP mayors in several municipalities in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

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“The EFF condemns with contempt the plots to assassinate our Secretary General or any leader for selfish and narrow political purposes. We do not take these reports lightly because the province of KwaZulu-Natal has been defined by many political assassinations for a long time, a habit which the EFF has never been associated with and has condemned since our formation ten years ago.”

Sinawo Thambo
EFF IFP Assassination plot
The EFF says their ground forces must not retreat or surrender after IFP allegedly’s assassination plot. Image via Twitter: Economic Freedom Fighters @EFFSouthAfrica

Thambo says after the 2016 local government elections, it is primarily the EFF that played a leading role in ensuring that the IFP participates in the government of the City of Johannesburg. 

“After the 2021 Local Government Elections, the EFF played a central role in voting against the ANC and establishing IFP-led governments in several Municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal.”

Sinawo Thambo

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He says they respect the IFP’s decision not to support the establishment of EFF governments in different municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal hence our logical and rational decision to vote out IFP governments wherever we previously voted for them.


“The EFF is strongly opposed to using violence and assassinations as a method to settle political differences. We as the EFF will do everything in our power and within our capacity to protect our secretary general….”

Sinawo Thambo

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The EFF calls on the police to thoroughly investigate those IFP members behind the plot to assassinate Dlamini and arrest them immediately, irrespective of the seniority of the plotters.

They also call on the IFP, its leaders, and its members to desist from using violence.

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Thambo says they encourage all EFF ground forces and regional, provincial, and national leaders never to retreat nor surrender, even at the point of provocation and threats.