EFF plans to fire rebel MP, keep other

2015-02-09 17:10
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Johannesburg - The divisions in the EFF deepened after City Press learnt that the ­party was working on removing Mpho Ramakatsa as an MP.

However, the party has adopted a different ­approach with its former land commissar Andile Mngxitama, who it called to a meeting to assure him that he would not be kicked out.

However, Mngxitama regards the move as “a bribe” and has accelerated his public displeasure about EFF decisions, including the one of keeping Papiki Baboile as North West leader and a member of the provincial legislature, despite his conviction for murder.

On Saturday, Mngxitama published the letter he sent to EFF leader Julius Malema in which he made a case against the continued protection of Baboile.

Malema will find out soon whether Ramakatsa will sue the EFF in an attempt to reverse decisions made at its People’s Assembly in ­December.

Ramakatsa told City Press that he was still ­going through Malema’s response to a letter he wrote requesting that the assembly’s results be annulled.

“I am… weighing my options, and the organisation and members of the public will know my next plan of action in the course of the week,” said ­Ramakatsa on Saturday.

City Press understands that Ramakatsa could lose his seat in Parliament and that the EFF has been asking Parliament about the process to ­remove an MP before the end of the parliamentary term.

Ramakatsa’s dramatic fallout with the EFF leadership followed his failure to get elected to the ­party’s top structure in ­December.

He claims that the gathering was “undemocratic, unconstitutional and irregular”, and gave the party leadership seven days to ­accede to his demands or face legal action.

Malema publicly responded to Ramakatsa, ­dismissing his concerns and his request for the conference to be annulled.

The two men meet on Thursday, when Parliament convenes for the state of the nation speech.

Ramakatsa said he was looking forward to it.

“I remain a loyal and disciplined member of the organisation and a deployee of the EFF in Parliament. I am looking forward to going to Parliament to do my work as an EFF MP,” he said.

“What has happened in the organisation is not in any way going to affect our ­modus ­operandi in Parliament.”

Ramakatsa revealed that Malema and the EFF ­leadership have not spoken to him since he raised his concerns about the ­conference.

The seating arrangements in Parliament have Ramakatsa sitting behind Malema.

“Where I sit is irrelevant because the party ­leader and the whippery can decide any time to change who sits where,” he said.

Ramakatsa did not want to speculate about whether he expected to be kicked out.

“I don’t want to speak on their behalf on this matter. I walked away from the ANC as a matter of principle and I am a co-founder of this organisation, and I would like to see it growing.

“I have put my life on hold to build this organisation, and I am still willing and prepared to go an extra mile in terms of ensuring that there is stability, as well as qualitative and quantitative growth, and to ensure that one day the EFF becomes the government of the day,” he said.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party’s leadership was still going to pronounce on whether Ramakatsa and Mngxitama would be ­disciplined.

Ndlozi said the matter was not on the EFF’s leadership plenum agenda, which was held in ­Mogale City, Gauteng.


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