Defiant EFF rebels return to Parliament

2015-03-22 15:00

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A well-attended rally in Langa, Cape Town, yesterday failed to diffuse escalating tensions within the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) after rebel MPs returned to Parliament to find they had been locked out and the tyres of one of their cars had been slashed.

Suspended EFF members Lucky Twala, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, Andile Mngxitama and Mpho Ramakatsa tried to return to Parliament this week after their suspension from the party, but they could not get into their offices.

In response to speculation that they had returned just for their salaries, they issued a statement saying: “The EFF never informed Parliament about our so-called suspension from Parliament. We learned that even if EFF leadership did indeed inform Parliament about the so-called suspension (which they didn’t), EFF does not have the authority to suspend any MP.

“We have decided to return to Parliament to carry out our duties. Our work is being illegally hindered by the thuggish behaviour of the EFF leaders who have illegally changed the locks of our offices. We have asked Parliament to attend to this illegal act. Parliament has in turn instructed EFF leaders to open our offices so that we can do our work.”

When asked whether the rebels had been locked out and whether the party had notified Parliament of their suspensions, EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said he would “have to check up on that”.

Litchfield-Tshabalala also said that her car had been badly vandalised in its parking bay at Acacia Park in Cape Town.

Read: EFF rebel MP fears for her safety after her tyre ‘was slashed’

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