EFF suspends two MPs

Andile Mngxitama & Khanyisile Litchfield Tshabalala received letters of temporary suspension last night.

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 - Eyewitness News has learned Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Member of Parliament (MP) Andile Mngxitama has been suspended from his party hours before he was due to reveal the alleged abuse of party funds by leadership.

At the same time, the EFF has also confirmed that MP Khanyisile Litchfield Tshabalala has been placed on suspension with Mngxitama in what it describes as a corrective measure.

The two MPs received letters of temporary suspension late on Monday night and Eyewitness News understands the matter relates to bringing the party into disrepute and misrepresenting it, among a host of other charges.

But Mngxitama, a founding member and former land and justice commissar, says he intends going ahead with the briefing, which he's described as a cleanse of African National Congress (ANC) tendencies.

Mngxitama has told Eyewitness News his suspension means he cannot partake in any party activities or attend Parliament.

"Amongst other conditions it says that I should not participate in any activities of the party. I have also been suspended from Parliament."

But he describes the action taken against him as a political farce.

"It's a political witch hunt. Remember, I've now been in some sort of battle with the leadership of the party and central to that is an attempt to cleanse the party of a very bad culture inherited from the ANC."

While EFF MPs will take part in the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate in Parliament this afternoon, Mngxitama will hold his briefing to reveal the abuse of funds just before midday in Johannesburg.

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