Mngxitama hits out at EFF suspensions

2015-03-14 06:30
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Johannesburg - Rebel EFF MP Andile Mngxitama is in the process of establishing an EFF worker’s forum. This comes after the alleged unfair dismissals and suspensions of members employed in EFF structures around the country.

City Press has learnt about the EFF suspensions in the Western Cape, Limpopo, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State following a divisive National People’s Assembly in December last year.

“I would like to indicate my shock at the treatment of fighters in the party. They have been treated as if they have no rights. There is no respect for the rights of workers. All of this is coming from a social party founded on the rights of workers and on the blood of those who lost their lives at Marikana, but we are failing as a party,” Mngxitama said.

Speaking to City Press, the fighters around the country say that no reason has been given for their suspensions.

All of them, however, have joined or shown sympathy to the cause of the four suspended MPs, Mngxitama, Lucky Twala, Mpho Ramakatsa and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala. The group launched a campaign to “save the soul of the EFF”, which has seen them lodge an application in court to have the results of the National People’s Assembly nullified.

The campaign has been accused of having no teeth, but the establishment of an EFF worker’s forum may change this.

“We are in the process of establishing an EFF staff worker’s forum to protect EFF employees as per chapter four of the Labour Relations Act. It will be known as EFF Staff Workers Forum. We are busy assisting fighters from Free State, Western Cape and the Northern Cape. Most cases have been through the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration and have now been referred to the Labour Court,” said Lephallo Mohoto, Cape Metro regional administrator of the EFF.

Mohoto has not been suspended by the party, but says that suspension is on the cards for him and his salary was withheld last month. He said he had taken the matter up with the Labour Court.

Mngxitama told City Press that Mohoto has been tasked with coordinating the establishment of the forum.

“Staff workers are being mistreated in EFF. This involves nonpayment of salaries without warning, nor written reasons, as well as physically removing office staff and confiscating the keys so that staff can’t access offices,” Mohoto said on the reasons why he was establishing the forum.

Speaking to City Press, party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said that he was not aware of the suspensions and said that the provincial leaders should be contacted instead.

City Press reported on Thursday that 12 members in the regional leadership of the Northern Cape had been suspended, with no reasons given.

Provincial leaders were not available for comment except in Limpopo, where the regional secretary, Clement Ramathoka, denied knowing anything about the suspensions.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Lucky Dlamini, the regional leader in the uMgungundlovu district, said that the decision to suspend staff was taken by the interim leadership structure, who told him to issue the suspensions.

 

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