Suspended MPs Mpho Ramakatsa, Andile Mngxitama, Lucky Twala and Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala filed an application in the Johannesburg High Court on Wednesday. The rebels claimed the leadership was elected outside the confines of EFF constitution. Ramakatsa said party leader Julius Malema, his deputy Floyd Shivambu and their alleged faction manipulated the processes that led to the NPA to achieve their desired outcome.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said his party had no history of losing cases about its internal democracy, processes and policies. He pointed out, however, that the EFF had not received the court papers filed by the MPs – whom he described as the Gang of Four.
“When we do receive papers, the EFF shall respond and all fighters and South Africans can be rest assured that the EFF will win this case,” said Ndlozi.
The MPs were expected to appear before a Disciplinary Committee (DC) on Wednesday, but they defied an order to do so claiming the standing of DC members was questionable. They were suspended last month and charged with bringing the organisation into disrepute. The suspension came after Ramakatsa and Mngxitama were involved in public spats with Malema and Shivambu over the NPA outcomes and alleged mismanagement of EFF funds.
However, Ndlozi said disciplinary processes were underway against the rebels.
“The hearings began yesterday and they will continue until they are properly concluded,” said Ndlozi.
“No one can stop an idea whose time has come. The EFF is here to stay and the outcomes of the NPA shall prevail because they were democratic, and a reflection of the will of branches of the EFF.”
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