EFF rebel MP fears for her safety after her tyre ‘was slashed’

2015-03-19 08:29

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Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, one of the Economic Freedom Fighters “rebel MPs”, claims that her tyre was slashed in Cape Town just hours before she made her first appearance in Parliament since her suspension from the party.

Litchfield-Tshabalala revealed to City Press that her tyre was slashed in seven different places yesterday morning at a parking area in Cape Town which she regularly makes use of.

“I don’t feel safe. That is why we [the “rebel MPs”] always leave just before proceedings end and arrive early before anyone else. We don’t want to be in a crowd where anyone can walk up and stab us and we would have no way of knowing who the culprit was.”

She added that she only realised once she started driving that her car had been tampered with, nearly causing her to have an accident.

She said she would be opening a case with the police.

The rebel MPs have previously stated that they had concerns about their safety following an attack on Andile Mngxitama at a press conference in Cape Town last month.

This led to another rebel MP, Lucky Twala, brandishing a firearm at a follow-up press conference in Sandton a few days later.

The “rebels”, Mngxitama, Twala, Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa were suspended by the EFF’s leadership for allegedly bringing the organisation into disrepute.

The four then went on to launch a “save the soul of the EFF” campaign.

Social media was rife with speculation that Litchfield-Tshabalala, along with Twala and Mngxitama, showed up at Parliament yesterday for the first time since their suspension to avoid forfeiting their salary.

But they have rubbished these claims.

Litchfield-Tshabalala said their appearance had solely to do with a legal clarification made by their lawyers and the office of the speaker of Parliament.

“When we received the letter from the EFF, they suspended us from party activities and from parliamentary sittings,” she told City Press.

“We then pursued legal advice on the matter and our lawyers said that once they read the statute they realised that there was no legal grounds for us to be suspended from Parliament.”

She added that at the time of their suspension they were not aware that they would still be permitted to attend Parliament.

“Our lawyers then wrote to Parliament and the speaker’s office called us yesterday and one of their representatives confirmed to us that we would only be forbidden from the National Assembly and parliamentary activities if we were expelled from the EFF.

“Suspension from the party does not disqualify you from parliamentary proceedings.”

Ramakatsa, the only one of the group who did not attend yesterday’s sitting, excused himself to attend to a family matter.

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