EFF expels ‘rebel’ MPs

2015-04-11 17:34

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Three of the four rebel MPs have officially been given the boot by the EFF, but their immediate status in Parliament remains unclear.

At a press conference in Braamfontein yesterday, the National Disciplinary Committee of the EFF chaired by Advocate Dali Mpofu, announced the immediate expulsion of MPs Andile Mngxitama, Mpho Ramakatsa and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala.

Lucky Twala – who was the only member of the group who reached out to the disciplinary committee – has been granted a less harsh verdict.

His membership has been suspended for three years and he must apologise to the EFF.

Speaking to City Press following the announcement, Mngxitama said that they would not recognise the decision taken to remove them and that they remained members of the EFF.

Earlier in the year when the EFF suspended the four, they failed to notify Parliament of the action against their members.

City Press then learnt from Parliament that the MPs could not in fact be suspended from their parliamentary duties.

“Section 47(3) of the Constitution provides that a person loses membership of the Assembly if that person ceases to be a member of the party that nominated him/her as the member of the Assembly. The expulsion of the member must be final. If there are outstanding internal processes or remedies available to the member to contest expulsion, it is not final,” Parliament wrote in response to a City Press query.

When asked by City Press if the party had notified Parliament this time, spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said “the decision is an outcome of this morning’s meeting and the political leadership will deal with the political matters. The communication to Parliament, and the question of any organisational material in the possession of the group will be dealt with by the implementers of this decision who are the Central Command Team.”

On whether or not Parliament will allow the group to continue with their duties based on the rules, the party seem sure that their wishes will be granted.

“This judgement has based itself on previous judgements esteeming from the courts of this country. You cannot represent the EFF unless you are a member of the EFF.  So I’m sure the law is definitely – as demonstrated in the judgement – on our side,” said Ndlozi.

They are adamant that it is within the party’s jurisdiction to decide on who represents them in Parliament.

On the matter of possible appeals, the party is not too concerned.

“Since the group refused to be involved in the process – based on their stance that the CCT do not exist and their refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of the disciplinary committee as well as the party leaders – it is unlikely that an appeal to the expulsion will be lodged,” Mpofu said.

But Mngxitama said their position on the legitimacy of the party’s leaders remained the same.

“We have said before that we do not recognise the body which is now trying to impose this decision on us and that remains our position.

“We are waiting to hear on the high court decision because when there is such a matter you allow the process to take place. Unless you are Julius Malema of course who has his own rules,” said Mngxitama.”

The group of four lodged an application at the high court last month to have the results of the party’s election conference in December nullified.

According to the Mngxitama, the EFF asked for a postponement, which was subsequently approved by the four and their lawyers.

On that matter, Mpofu said that they would be submitting their opposing affidavit in the next few weeks.

Mngxitama also said that the EFF’s decision to make the announcement at this stage was in order to circumvent and undermine the legal processes of the court.

He added that the group would continue with their bid to save the soul of the EFF.

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