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EFF expels 3 of its suspended members

Andile Mngxitama, Mpho Ramakatsa and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala have now been expelled from the party.

FILE: EFF MP Andile Mngxitama addresses the media at the Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town on 12 February 2015. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has expelled three of its four suspended Members of Parliament (MPs) after they accused EFF leader, Julius Malema and others, of misappropriating party funds at a press conference earlier this year.

Andile Mngxitama, Mpho Ramakatsa and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala have now been expelled from the party.

Another suspended party member, Diliza Twala, has been handed a suspended sentence and has been ordered to apologise to the party.

However, he faces a three year suspension if he contravenes the party's disciplinary code within a year.

Mngxitama and Litchfield-Tshabalala have been found guilty on a number of charges including one for absconding from Parliament.

In February, the party suspended the members following several claims of misconduct and corruption against the party's leadership.

The EFF's National Disciplinary Committee says the behaviour of the members goes against the party's constitution and has shown a disassociation from the party.

The four have also been found guilty of convening unauthorised press briefings in which claims of misconduct were made.

The party says the group failed to appear before the disciplinary committee.

It says the conduct of the four is beyond its reach and they are now operating as free agents.

Mxgitama had earlier been assaulted by fellow EFF members at a press conference in Cape Town where he'd initially planned to make the claims.

Furthermore, Litchfield-Tshabalala had claimed that top leaders in the party were involved in plans to assassinate Mngxitama.

Another EFF MP added that they knew the original plan was for members to stab Mngxitama in Cape Town.

Litchfield-Tshabalala had argued they are calling for a lifestyle audit of all top leaders of the party.

She accused Malema of using the party's credit card to pay for his social life and alcohol.

Mngxitama, Litchfield Tshabalala and Ramakatsa will no longer be EFF MPs.

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