'Pay back the money' EFF's bargaining chip - MP

2015-02-17 15:31
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Johannesburg - The EFF's "Pay back the money" campaign is being used by the party's leadership as a bargaining chip with the ANC, suspended MP Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala said on Tuesday.

"The pay back the money campaign has been corrupted and no longer serves as a mechanism to hold President [Jacob] Zuma accountable," she told reporters in Johannesburg.

"It's a weapon for factional battles and the settling of political scores and deal making."

The EFF announced on Tuesday that it had suspended Litchfield-Tshabalala and fellow MP Andile Mngxitama.

Litchfield-Tshabalala referred to an alleged attempt by the EFF’s leadership to enter into a "secret deal" with the ANC "at the expense of EFF MPs".

"The EFF leaders offered peace for the State of the Nation address in exchange for the ANC conceding to their demand of the expulsion of [certain] MPs," she claimed.

"The leadership of the EFF has no mandate to enter into any deals except mandated by its own membership. This is more than unacceptable and politically bankrupt."

She said an ANC faction was working closely with an EFF faction to ensure it was incorporated back into the ruling party.

"However, before that happens all the leaders who are likely to oppose such a movement are being expelled."

Litchfield-Tshabalala pointed out that EFF leader Julius Malema had been in Maputo, Mozambique, at the same time as Zuma earlier this year.

She claimed this was so he could meet Zuma.

Malema had denied this.

The EFF's meetings with the ANC were an effort to seek protection against possible jail time for financial corruption, she said.

"Rumours that new charges are on the way, similar to those the [EFF] president is out on bail for," she said.

"This explains the desperation to find peace with the ANC."

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