Expelled EFF members removed as MPs

2015-04-16 17:27
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Johannesburg - The group of EFF, who were expelled and suspended from the party, have received a letter from the Secretary of Parliament notifying them that they have been removed as MPs, despite their insistence that they would remain.

"On Tuesday night we received further letters from the Secretary of Parliament now informing us that they have acceded to the request of the EFF to expel us as Members of Parliament with immediate effect," the group said in a statement.

"Parliament has acted in haste and has disregarded our rights, as well as the high court application challenging the authority of EFF to take action against us."

The group said it had decided to approach the courts to set aside the decision of Parliament to expel them as MPs.

EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu announced at the weekend that Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, Mpho Ramakatsa and Andile Mngxitama had been expelled from the party.

Lucky Twala was suspended for three years, but this will fall away after a year if he complies with certain conditions.

Following the announcement, the four insisted that they were still members of Parliament and said they had written to Parliament to expedite the process of unlocking their offices after the EFF changed the locks.

Parliament spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs on Thursday confirmed that the four had been removed as MPs.

"Parliament would have informed the members of their loss of membership of the National Assembly," he said.

"[There] is a clause in the Constitution that provides for that."

The group has lodged an application in the North Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, asking it to nullify the outcome of the party’s National People's Assembly, which was held in December.

On Thursday, they said that there was a possibility that the high court could rule in favour of its application, which would reverse the process of their expulsion and suspension.

"The EFF in haste to act against us and to illegally remove us as MPs has created possible embarrassing situations where those it sends to Parliament to take over our seats would have to vacate them once the court has found in our favour.

"We believe we have a strong case against the EFF leadership and we also believe that it is prejudicial to our rights that parliament should accede to the version of events as given by a contested leadership."

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