Nonhlanhla Mkhonto and Babalwa Mathulela: The EFF’s new MPs

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has welcomed its newly sworn-in Members of Parliament Nonhlanhla Mkhonto and Babalwa Mathulela who are replacing Godrich Gardee and Thilivhali Mulaudzi who both resigned from the national assembly.

Both Mkhonto and Mathulela serve in the national leadership of the EFF, the Central Command Team, as members of the Standing Committee on Appropriations and Small Businesses respectively.

According to the red berets, Mkhonto, has been involved in a number of structures in her activism, including working as a secretary for the Civic Organisation in Mpumalanga. Mkhonto also served in the EFF Regional Interim Committee in the province between 2015 and 2018 before eventually being elected to national leadership in 2019.

She has held various posts including being executive mayor of Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Manager in Mpumalanga’s House of Traditional Leaders  and as a teacher.

Meanwhile Mathulela also has a long history of activism under other organisations including LoveLife.

“She has worked as a domestic worker, cashier and a  monitoring practitioner for the Provincial Department of Transport in the Eastern Cape. Before she was elected into the Central Command Team at the 2nd NPA in December 2019, she served as a branch chairperson and an additional member of Alfred Nzo Regional Command Team. She further holds a diploma in monitoring and evaluation and computer”, said party spokesperson Vuyani Pambo in a lengthy statement on Saturday, 13 June 2020.

The EFF assured in their abilities

“The EFF is confident that both Commissars will add to the quality of its parliamentary work and the advancement of the agenda of economic freedom through the revolutionary parliamentarism as reaffirmed by the EFF 2nd NPA”, Pambo concluded.

Gardee and Mulaudzi’s exit

Godrich Gardee, the EFF’s former secretary-general, left the party in March after graduating with law degree and is now the head of international relations.

“Mr Gardee is currently a candidate attorney under the employ and tutelage of Mabuza Attorneys persuing his articles. It is clear that the battle with reactionary forces have extended to the courtroom”, Pambo said at the time.

“Godrich Gardee remains a member of the central command team and a member of the war council charged with heading the international relations portfolio. These are huge responsibilities which the organisation has entrusted him with”

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