Expelled EFF MPs vow to fight on

Andile Mngxitama, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa were expelled on Saturday.

FILE: Suspended EFF MP Andile Mngxitama addresses media during a press conference. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) appears to be at loggerheads with its three expelled Members of Parliament (MPs), who are adamant they will not leave the party.

Andile Mngxitama, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa were expelled on Saturday after being found guilty of convening unauthorised media briefings and failing to attend parliament.

The party's Dali Mpofu says the NDC decided to remove the members from the party as they had already undermined and snubbed its leadership.

"Their disqualification from being MPs is an automatic consequence of their expulsion."

The EFF said the behaviour of the members goes against the party's constitution and has shown a disassociation 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.

The party says all four members have been informed of the verdict from the disciplinary process.

Despite this, Mngxitama says they will challenge the validity of the process followed by the NDP.

"It's an attempt to undermine the court and to avoid accounting. We're not really bothered by this."

The High Court in Johannesburg is expected to hear an application filed by the three expelled MPs, calling for the results of the party's elective conference held in December to be nullified.

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 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.