Mpofu: Expelled EFF officials operated as free agents

2015-04-11 19:45
EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu announces the expulsion of three top officials, flanked by Thilivhali Mulaudzi and Dr Susan Tembekwayo ,members of the national disciplinary committee. (Jenni Evans, News24)

EFF chairperson Dali Mpofu announces the expulsion of three top officials, flanked by Thilivhali Mulaudzi and Dr Susan Tembekwayo ,members of the national disciplinary committee. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Johannesburg - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chairperson Dali Mpofu on Saturday said three top officials who were expelled from the party had effectively defected, yet continued to draw their salaries from Parliament.

Mpofu announced on Saturday that Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, Mpho Ramakatsa and Andile Mngxitama were expelled from the party, and would also lose their seats in Parliament.

''We think they can't continue to represent voters,'' said Mpofu.

'Defected'

Mpofu added they had been ''operating as free agents'', and "for all intents and purposes have defected''.

Even though they had rejected the current form of the party, and effectively defected', they had continued to draw their salaries from Parliament which was unsustainable to South Africa's taxpayers, said Mpofu.

The party considered it just a matter of time before they started making unapproved speeches and statements in Parliament, said Mpofu.

Mngxitama in particular, had been accused of making public statements criticising the party's leadership and integrity.

Disciplinary

It is the fledgling party's first disciplinary.

Their offences included speaking to the media after their suspension; implying financial impropriety; being involved in leaking information to the media; bringing the organisation into disrepute; violating its Constitution and rules of conduct and not attending the State of the Nation Address on February 12 and Parliament on February 17 - except Ramakatsa, who attended on February 12.

They also failed to attend disciplinary hearings which would have given them a chance to air their grievances and concerns.

The party could not say yet who would take the expelled members' places in Parliament.

The four had been informed of the decision, Mpofu said.

Ramakatsa was the party's national co-ordinator, Mngxitama was a member of the interim central command team (CCT) and the "war council" until the party's National People's Assembly in Mangaung in December, and Litchfield-Tshabalala was a member of the interim CCT until the NPA.

Suspension

Lucky Twala - the fourth of the "Group of Four" who were suspended in February, is considered an "ordinary" member. He did make contact with the NDC to try to meet over his suspension and this mitigated in his favour.

Twala was suspended for three years but this will fall away after a year if he complies with certain conditions. He must apologise in writing to the secretary general of the EFF, Godrich Gardee; he must attend Parliament within 10 days; and he must not be found guilty of any offence contained in the EFF Constitution read with its Code of Conduct and Revolutionary Discipline.

The EFF gained 25 seats in Parliament last year, when its leader Julius Malema made a surprise comeback after being expelled as leader of the African National Congress Youth League to form the party.

They have dominated headlines with their red boiler suits and "pay back the money" refrain in Parliament regarding non-security related expenditure at President Jacob Zuma's home in Nkandla.

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