Godrich Gardee Biography
Godrich Gardee is a South African politician and a member of Economic Freedom Fighters. He is the Commissar responsible for Mobilisation, Campaigns and Special Projects of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Godrich Gardee Age
Godrich likes to keep his private life away from the public and therefore it is not known which year or month he was born or when he celebrates his birthday.
Godrich Gardee Family – Godrich Gardee Parents
His brother Solomon Mbatha died and was buried on December 5, 2015 in Nelspruit. His last service was held at White River Municipality Hall opposite the Police Station and was laid to rest at the Rockys Drift Cemetry.
Godrich Gardee Wife
Godrich is a very private man who doesn’t like to keep his private life on the spotlight thus not much details about his wife and children are not known.
He once posted a photo of his wife on social media saying “Happy birthday Mrs Gardee…..”
Godrich Gardee Education Background
He holds a Higher National Diploma in Accounting and Auditing. In May 2018, He obtained his LLB degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria campus.
During his graduation, most of the top leaders in the party attended the graduation, including the famous author and Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi.
Godrich Gardee Political Career
He became involved in politics from 1985, the International Year of the Youth (IYY), where he sang freedom songs and listened to radio broadcasts from Ethiopia, Tanzania and Zambia. He was exiled from South Africa for being involved in student uprisings, he later joined the ANC in Botswana.
While other exiled members of the ANC returned to South Africa in 1990, Gardee chose to study in Nigeria for six years. The ANC paid for his studies and he later graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Accounting and Auditing.
On his return to South Africa in 1996, Gardee filled various ANC positions before being appointed provincial treasurer of the ANC Youth League. He stepped down in 2002, aged 33, and said that ever since then he was “marginalised and literally refused political activism in the Kamagugu ANC branch”.
He joined the Economic Freedom Fighters in 2013. He claims that he did not join the EFF, so much as become a “founding member to its creation, conceptualisation, design and roll out”. He is the Commissar responsible for Mobilisation, Campaigns and Special Projects of the Economic Freedom Fighters.
Godrich Gardee Positions Held
- Member at Standing Committee on Appropriations (Committee) since June 2014
- Member at National Assembly (Parliament) since 21st May 2014
- Member at Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) (Party)
- Member at Rules of the National Assembly (National Assembly Committees) from June 2014 until 14th May 2015
- Member at Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs (National Assembly Committees) from June 2014 until 10th March 2015
- Member-elect at National Assembly (Parliament) from 16th May 2014 until 21st May 2014
- 6th Candidate at Economic Freedom Fighters National Election List 2014 (Election List) from 22nd April 2014 until 7th May 2014
Godrich Gardee Contacts
Tel: 082 370 8402/ 021 403 8895.
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Godrich Gardee loses his cool after seeing red at EFF offices
EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee has been accused of assaulting one of the party’s kindergarten members after a scuffle broke out at the party’s headquarters last week.
Gardee allegedly threw multiple punches at Tshepo Kamvelihle Goba, after he intervened in an argument between Gardee and the former University of Johannesburg (UJ) branch leader Abednego Mathole, better known as Msholozi, last week.
Goba, a final year BA student at the UJ Soweto campus, said he was merely trying to calm Gardee down when he allegedly punched him.
“Godrich assaulted me [but] I have not opened a case. Msholozi and I decided that it was not necessary to open a case because it’s a political matter, so we will deal with it internally,” said Goba.
On Facebook on Tuesday, Goba claimed that, out of nowhere, Gardee came from the basement and started shouting at Mathole: “What do you want here, f*** off! Leave here, you are not welcome here!”
Goba’s post further reads: “Msholozi responds that the EFF shares this building with other government departments and businesses, as such you cannot limit the movements of people from the ground floor.
“It then becomes a back-and-forth verbal exchange, where Gardee reaches directly for Msholozi, physically, only for commissar Leigh-Ann [Mathys] to come between them, whilst she holds Msholozi’s hands and tells him not to fight,” Goba claimed.
Goba said about a minute after Mathole and Mathys were out of sight, he went across to try to calm Gardee down, but “out of nowhere he drops his bag, swings a left fist”.
“I block it and move back. Out of no regard, he continues charging me with fists, I continue to run until I’m cornered,” Goba claimed on Facebook.
According to Vusi Sowazi, who was with Goba when the alleged assault happened, Mathys had accompanied Mathole to the parking lot when Gardee lost his cool.
“We tried to restrain Godrich because he was attacking Msholozi. Once he noticed that it was Goba, he started charging at him, throwing punches and slapping him.
“There was no restraint from Godrich, he threw all his bags down and continued charging at Goba until he was cornered in the lift,” claimed Sowazi.
Mathys confirmed to Sowetan that the incident transpired but declined to comment further, referring us to party spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi who, at the time of going to print, was not available for comment.
Mathole reserved his comment on the matter, saying “it will be suicidal”.
Sowazi accused Gardee of not setting an example as a leader of the party, suggesting that he should have ordered security to remove Mathole from the building if he had a problem with his presence.
According to both Goba and Sowazi, it took EFF security staff from the third floor to get Gardee off Goba.
Attempts to get hold of Gardee, despite leaving SMSes for him, drew a blank.
EFF communications manager Sixolise Gcilishe said: “We are not aware of that incident. If it happened, I would have known.”
Adopted from: www.sowetanlive.co.za