EFF suspends members aligned to ‘rebels’

2015-03-12 18:03

More EFF members have been suspended from the party, this time from the regional structures of the Northern Cape, allegedly for aligning themselves with four suspended MPs.

The newly suspended members of the EFF in the Northern Cape are: Andrew Segano, Galebo Modise, Chwaro Moilwe, Thembene Kwenana, Lee-Roy Thole, Olebogeng Leserwane, Mary Engelbrecht, Danisile Seecho, Thambeka Kwenane, Lucky Mofokeng, Thamy Thebeka and Ronald Februarie.

The suspension comes just weeks after EFF MP’s, Andile Mngxitama, Lucky Twala, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa were also suspended by the party’s leadership for allegedly bringing the organisation into disrepute.

The four then went on to launch the ‘save the soul of the EFF’ campaign in Mangaung, Bloemfontein.

Speaking to City Press one of the group from the Northern Cape, Ronald Februarie, said that they have done nothing wrong by campaigning against corrupt politics and that they would continue to do so.

“We received letters from the provincial office saying that we had been suspended. We have not been told what the reason is for our suspension, but we will know in 21 days according to the document,” said Februarie.

According to the letter of suspension which City Press has seen, those that have been suspended have been banned from partaking in any EFF activities. They may not represent the party in anyway and that they would be served with a charge sheet within 21 days.

Februarie said they have been complaining about mismanagement in the party long before the ‘save the soul of the EFF’ campaign came about. He said they simply did not have the financial means to take the matter to court and that is why they have aligned themselves with the four MPs.

“Our province and town are not looking for a Messiah, we are looking for someone that can amplify our voice so that our issues are addressed by government. Not someone who always pushes his agenda. Now that the #PayBackTheMoney campaign is dead we can address our issues. This leadership is about building their empire.”

Going forward, Februarie said they will continue to fight for change in the political culture of the EFF.

Provincial secretary of the EFF George Nyakama and Dirk Andrews, the provincial chair of the disciplinary committee were not available for comment.

Nyakama was quoted online by the New Age as saying that “the members tried to undermine the provincial leadership by organising illegal meetings with suspended EFF MPs Andile Mngxitama and Mpho Ramakatsa.”

Last week the four suspended MPs filed an application at the high court to nullify the results of last year’s National People’s Assembly.

They say that they refuse to recognise the leadership of the EFF and will not comply with any of its processes. The four were set to appear before the party’s disciplinary committee last week but failed to do so saying they had no reason to appear before a structure they did not recognise.

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