EFF ‘rebels’ snub disciplinary hearing

2015-03-03 17:24

Four Economic Freedom Fighters MPs who were suspended by the party last month, will not be attending their disciplinary hearing which has been scheduled for tomorrow.

One of the four, Lucky Twala, told City Press: “I will not be attending it (the hearing) and neither will the others. We have indicated previously that we do not recognise the structure and therefore have no reason to subject ourselves to a disciplinary committee of the same structures.”

The four include Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, Mpho Ramakatsa, Andile Mngxitama and Twala. The suspended MPs recently launched a campaign to “save the soul of the EFF”.

The four have made known that they do not agree with decisions made at the National People’s Assembly last year and have set out to challenge them.

They have gone to court with the hope that they will be granted an order for an independent audit into the party’s finances which they say have been mismanaged by party leader Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu.

The MPs have been suspended for matters which allegedly relate to misrepresenting the party and bringing it into disrepute. This has not however, been confirmed by the party which has repeatedly asked for the matter to be dealt with internally.

“As indicated at the recent press conference that we had in Sandton, legal action has been taken. That process is underway; I would not want to pre-empt it but it is underway and you will see it and be advised shortly,” said Twala on the progress of the legal proceedings.

Malema has previously rubbished claims about the alleged financial mismanagement in the party, saying there was nothing untoward about them.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi did not want to comment on whether or not the four would be expelled tomorrow if they didn’t show up.

“We will not be speaking to the media regarding this matter as we have appealed for the chance to allow the internal process to take place. When the time comes for public communication to take place, we will do so,” responded Ndlozi.

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