‘There were plans to assassinate Mngxitama’

It has been alleged there were plans to stab suspended EFF MP Andile Mngxitama in Cape Town.

Police, media and EFF members outside a Sandton hotel where suspended EFF MP Andile Mngxitama is expected to brief the media on Tuesday 17 February 2015. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A group of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members has arrived at a hotel in Sandton where suspended Members of Parliament (MP) Andile Mngxitama and Khanyisile Litchfield Tshabalala are currently holding a press briefing.

The EFF members called the meeting to reveal details about the EFF leadership's alleged misuse of party funds.

Litchfield-Tshabalala added that top leaders in the party were involved in plans to assassinate Mngxitama.

"We have proof of allegations made today but we've been advised not to send it to the media," Mngxitama said.

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

At the same time, Litchfield-Tshabalala says they are calling for a lifestyle audit of all top leaders of the party.

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

"Malema and Floyd Shivambu are the only ones who know how the party's funding is working. Floyd is driving a Porsche, where does he get the money? What will stop Malema to misuse state money when he becomes president of the country?"

The EFF member says unlike the Congress of the People, they raise matters not to destroy their party but to clean it.

"There is a culture of defending leaders in the EFF no matter what they did. Last week Mngxitama tried to address a press conference in Cape Town but was disrupted by EFF members.

Earlier, a small group of EFF members arrived at the venue in a bid to stop the briefing from going ahead.

MP Diliza Twala was spotted pointing a firearm at the crowd, including journalists, while police officers were on the scene.

He confirmed carrying a gun, saying he feared things would turn violent again and had to take measures.

Meanwhile, Mngxitama arrived with heavy security as several EFF members tried to stop him from going ahead with the press conference.

Photographers have taken pictures showing one of Mngxitama's bodyguards pointing a firearm at the group and some members of the media outside the hotel gate.

Mngxitama is wearing a red shirt with no EFF logo.

He was placed on suspension along with Tshabalala on Monday night for bringing the party into disrepute and misrepresenting it.