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EFF's Mngxitama in Parliament despite suspension

Andile Mngxitama says Parliament expects him to carry out his duties as an MP.

FILE: Suspended EFF MP Andile Mngxitama. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Member of Parliament (MP) Andile Mngxitama says the party's leadership suspended him from Parliament in a bid to keep him out of the National Legislature.

Mngxitama was suspended along with three other MPs last month after they claimed the party leadership was misusing funds.

But despite his pending disciplinary hearing, Mngxitama was in Parliament on Wednesday.

Mngxitama says while he received a letter saying he was suspended, Parliament says it was not informed and that he must report for duty.

He says the national leadership also locked him out of his office which kept him from performing his duties in Parliament.

"Parliament said that we're not suspended, we're expected to carry out our responsibilities as MPs, which is what we did."

EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the party will not be drawn into any of Mngxitama's claims.