Expelled EFF councillors' case struck off the roll

Johannesburg – The South Gauteng High Court on Thursday struck off the roll a case in which six EFF councillors sought to interdict their removal from the Mogale City council by the EFF following their expulsion from the party.

The court ruled against them and dismissed their case with costs, the EFF said in a statement.

They were fired after the completion of a disciplinary process last Saturday for voting with the ANC.

The six had also contravened the EFF's decision not to attend the Mogale City budget vote council meeting on July 11, during which the ANC needed its budget to be passed, according to the EFF.

Party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the EFF welcomed the ruling because the councillors had argued that they would lose their salaries if they were removed from the council.

"In essence, they did not go to court to defend their membership in the EFF, but the salaries they earn from being councillors. This proves our long-held suspicion that they are driven by money and not service to our revolution and the people," said Ndlozi in a statement.

"As fighters, in all the corners of our ranks, we must isolate careectivists (sic) who come in our midst, masquerading as revolutionaries, when actually, they are here to earn salaries," he said.

Ndlozi said the EFF was not an employment agency "and shall never bend to the reactionary, narcissistic and destructive tendency of the careectivists who use the people's revolution to advance their personal financial statuses". 

"We will never allow to be represented by people who are not willing to live by our democratically determined mandate in councils, legislatures and Parliament," he said.

He said they will be following up on the court order that the councillors must pay the costs of the case.

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