Suspended EFF MP demands tea girl apology

2015-02-21 18:35

Suspended EFF MP Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala has slammed party leader Julius Malema, claiming he called her and other women “tea girls” and so undermined the profession.

Speaking to a crowd of fewer than 500 people at a rally to launch the “Save the soul of the EFF” campaign in Mangaung today, Litchfieled-Tshabalala said “the EFF is the party who tells tea girls that they can be anything.”

“Malema is now the one who is calling people who have spoken out against him ‘tea girls’ as if there is something wrong with the profession. Your profession is not an insult.”

EFF MPs use maid’s uniforms as part of their trade mark attire in Parliament to express solidarity with workers.

The assertion of Malema’s tea girl label follows claims by Litchfield-Tshabalala and three other MPs that his leadership and that of party deputy president Floyd Shivambu was authoritarian.

It is not the first time Malema used the tea girl term.

In 2011 he applied it to former DA MP Lindiwe Mazibuko saying: “She’s a nobody. She’s a tea girl of the madam (Helen Zille). I’m not debating with the service of the madam.”

Litchfield-Tshabalala also distanced herself from an alleged attack on the mother of EFF member Lufuno Gogoro.

“I am distancing myself from RCTs in Gauteng that manhandled her (Gogoro’s mother), photographed her and used those photos to manhandle her on social media.”

“There is no longer a distinction between the enemy and the family. Which means that even my own daughter is now in trouble.”

Addressing her suspension this week, Tshabalala said that it is not about being in a position of power, but rather about the cause and that she would continue with it.

“I want to state on the record, that I was a person before I was an MP. Being an MP is not a chain around my mouth. I will survive without being an MP.”

She also alluded to alleged financial mismanagement by EFF leaders.

“I would be a pretentious intellectual if I tell Jacob Zuma to pay back the money and not say the same to Julius Malema.

She added that she would not adopt a spirit of fear but will continue to speak out boldly against the ill practices of the leaders of the young party.

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