EFF faction to court for finance audit

2015-02-17 19:04
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Cape Town - An EFF faction will apply to the Western Cape High Court to have the party's finances audited, MP Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala said on Tuesday.

"The application shall be launched this week and we shall support it," she told reporters in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Earlier, she claimed there was gross mismanagement of the Economic Freedom Fighters' funds and accused the party's president and deputy president of being the main culprits.

"We have seen evidence of financial mismanagement of great proportions," she said.

"Julius Malema and Floyd [Shivambu] don't contribute to the EFF party, but take away from it."

She claimed Malema and Shivambu were the only two people who knew how party funding was being spent.

"All matters of funding, procurements... are centralised in the hands of the president and deputy president."

This was done in "great secrecy".

Litchfield-Tshabalala condemned the election of the party's jailed North West MPL Papiki Babuile.

"The public and persistent support of convicted murderer Papiki Babuile by the leadership of the EFF, more specifically by Julius, was a turning point for us.

"His election was lobbied for by national leadership, including it being secured by rigged vote."

She said Babuile should not have been elected into the organisation under such a dark cloud and that it had cast the party in a bad light.

Litchfield-Tshabalala condemned what she described as attempts to assassinate MP Andile Mngxitama and an attack on the party's former Gauteng leader Lufuno Gogoro's mother, allegedly under the instruction of EFF leaders.

"A movement must not terrorise the vulnerable, it must protect everybody," she said.

She claimed that MP Godrich Gardee gave an order to "take Gogoro out".


Before the media briefing started, a scuffle ensued outside the hotel, when a handful of EFF members tried to prevent Mngxitama and Litchfield-Tshabalala from entering the venue.

During the briefing, MP Lucky Twala admitted he had waved a gun at journalists during the scuffle.

He claimed that after the fight between EFF members and Mngxitama's supporters in a Cape Town hotel last week, it was hard to tell the difference between journalists and EFF members.

On Thursday, Mngxitama had to be escorted out of the Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town, where he had intended briefing media ahead of the State of the Nation address. EFF members who supported him refused to leave the venue and said they wanted to hear what Mngxitama had to say.

According to Mngxitama's press alert sent earlier that day, the briefing would clarify "why some of the EFF MPs can't sing #paybackthemoney".

On Friday, Malema questioned Mngxitama's loyalty to the party.

On Tuesday morning, the EFF announced it had suspended Mngxitama and Litchfield-Tshabalala.

"The central command team of the Economic Freedom Fighters has taken a decision to take disciplinary action against fighters Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Tshabalala," national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi said in a statement.

"This is strictly an internal process and we shall not be engaging the media about it beyond this point."

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