EFF yet to receive court papers by suspended MPs

2015-03-05 19:39
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Johannesburg - The EFF on Thursday said it had not yet received papers lodged by four of its suspended MPs in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

"Nevertheless, when we do receive papers, the EFF shall respond and all fighters and South Africans can rest assured that the EFF will win this case," spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said in a statement

"The EFF has no history of losing cases about its internal democracy, processes, and policies, even in interaction with other forces in society, and it is not about to start losing now."

He said the disciplinary action against Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, Mpho Ramakatsa, Lucky Twala, and Andile Mngxitama was continuing.

The hearings began on Wednesday.

The four were suspended by the party in February.

This followed an attempted media conference ahead of the State of the Nation address in Cape Town led by Mngxitama.

The conference was abandoned and Mngxitama made a hasty exit when other EFF members arrived and objected to it being held.

The Mngxitama faction announced a "Save the Soul of the EFF" campaign.

They accused the party leadership of corruption and cover ups.

The four said they decided not to appear before the disciplinary committee on Wednesday.

Letters were sent to the party leadership informing them of their intention to lodge a high court application, they said.

"The high court application is contributing to the 'Save the Soul of EFF' campaign, which aims to fight corruption within the party and to hold all leaders and members to the founding manifesto of the EFF and in particular its seven cardinal pillars."

Various EFF supporters from across the country submitted sworn affidavits to support the court application.

"The transgressions of EFF rules are, among others, setting up ghost branches, altering names of delegates, intimidation, promises of money and positions in exchange for voting [for] certain slates, systematic sabotaging of audited assembly registers of delegates to the NPA [national people's assembly], interference with the electoral process, and unduly influencing the outcomes of the elections," the MPs said.

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