Three EFF MPs have been expelled and one suspended with immediate effect, after they were found guilty of misconduct.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has, with immediate effect, expelled three of its members of parliament (MPs) and has suspended one.
Andile Mngxitama, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, Mpho Ramakatsa and Lucky Twala, now known as the EFF Four, have repeatedly accused top brass leadership of gross financial malpractice. They were found guilty of misconduct by the EFF’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC), chaired by Dali Mpofu.
The 63 page disciplinary report outlines some of the charges laid against the members, including conducting unauthorised media interviews, giving misleading information to the public about the organisation and being absent from a parliamentary sitting without an apology or notice to the organisation.
The report also details how the NDC issued the Four with letters on the 18 February, to which they had to respond, explaining why they should not be suspended. According to the report, only one MP, Twala, contacted the NDC chair outlining his preparedness to meet with the NDC.
After the announcement, the EFF Four issued a statement using a blog called EFF Black Views. The EFF Four claim they were not informed of their expulsions. “We wish to reiterate that we remain members of EFF and we are also Members of Parliament. Therefore, we shall be carrying out our duties as expected.” the Four said in the statement.
The Four have submitted a High Court application seeking to nullify the December NPA. Mngxitama told Wits Vuvuzela, that should the NPA be nullified, then a new process will be undertaken to “rebuild the party.”
“The party is facing a serious ideological crisis. If they succeed in expelling us then they will have succeeded in reducing EFF to another ANC. It will be terror inside the party and people will not have a voice.” said Mngxitama.
The Four also claim that the current leadership has no authority to proceed with the disciplinary action. They claim the NPA was unconstitutional and illegitimate. The current leadership of the EFF was elected at the 2014 NPA.
“Lying to the nation has become the common strategy of the leadership of the EFF to divert attention from its gross political and financial misconduct.” The statement said.
The Four launched the Save the Soul of the EFF campaign which they say is aimed at cleansing the EFF of its “ANC culture”, through a series of rallies, statements and talks.