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EFF questions reasons for infighting

The EFF says it's unfortunate that its expelled MPs didn’t participate in their own disciplinary hearings.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters chairperson, Advocate Dali Mpofu speaking at the party's People's Assembly on 25 December 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it's unfortunate that its expelled Members of Parliament did not participate in their own disciplinary hearings to account for their actions.

Andile Mngxitama, Mpho Ramakatsa and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala were all expelled yesterday for breaching the party's code of conduct.

Earlier this year, the three held a press conference where they accused EFF leader Julius Malema and other senior members of misappropriating party funds.

The party says the three were found unfit to continue representing voters in Parliament.

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

They were also found guilty of convening unauthorised press briefings.

Following their expulsion, the party says it still has questions about the motive behind their infighting.

The EFF's Dali Mpofu said, "The question posed by the NDC is if they had been elected to top positions would they would still be engaged in activities of ill-discipline or not."

The NDC said it was illogical for the three to continue representing the party and drawing salaries from Parliament.

ACCUSATIONS LEVELLED AGAINST PARTY LEADERS

The three expelled members have accused the party's leaders of mismanaging party funds.

Litchfield-Tshabalala said 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.

Litchfield-Tshabalala added that 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.

Last week, suspended EFF Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Wiekus Kotze revealed what he called the abuse of Friends of the Malema Trust Fund, meant to service the party's leaders South African Revenue Service (Sars) debts.

Kotze was suspended as CFO after he allegedly tried to siphon off the party's money into his own accounts, which he denied and claimed he was ousted for trying to expose illegal financial management.

He argued the money in the trust was deposited in cash and while it's been transferred to Sars and it's also being paid into unknown suspicious accounts.

Kotze did not provide any evidence of his claims and said this is because a police investigation is underway.

The suspended CFO also claimed Malema's funders are part of organised crime syndicates.

At the same time, in February, ex-convict and one-time politician Gayton McKenzie called the EFF leader 'a thug' in a scathing open letter.

The open letter, titled 'Thug to Thug', is a no-holds-barred deeply personal attack on Malema by a man who claims to have helped the EFF leader when he was down and out.

McKenzie said Malema is obsessed with President Jacob Zuma and accused him of taking orders from a faction within the African National Congress.

McKenzie also claimed Malema has been in talks with the ruling party.

To read the full letter, click here.

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