Mngxitama expected to address media

2015-02-17 11:58
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Johannesburg - Former national co-ordinator of the Economic Freedom Fighters Mpho Ramakatsa on Tuesday apologised to a media contingent in Sandton, Johannesburg, on behalf of his colleagues who were late for a press conference.

"I just came to apologise," he said, wearing a red EFF overall and beret, and flanked by bodyguards.

EFF MP Andile Mngxitama was expected to address media on Tuesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the EFF announced it had suspended Mngxitama and fellow MP Khanyisile Tshabalala.

"The central command team of the Economic Freedom Fighters has taken a decision to take disciplinary action against fighters Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Tshabalala," national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi said in a statement.

Strong police presence

"This is strictly an internal process and we shall not be engaging the media about it beyond this point."

There was a strong police presence outside the hotel where the press briefing was due to be held.

On Thursday, Mngxitama had to be escorted out of the Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town, where he had intended holding a press conference ahead of the state-of-the-nation address in Parliament.

Fights reportedly broke out between EFF members and Mngxitama's supporters.

The EFF members refused to leave the venue and said they wanted to hear what Mngxitama had to say.

According to Mngxitama's press alert sent earlier that day, the briefing would clarify "why some of the EFF MP's can't sing #paybackthemoney".

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