Despite a clear indication that he no longer has a place in the party, Andile Mngxitama says he will continue to fight and will not allow himself to be silenced by the party’s leadership.
“If we just left [the] EFF, we leave this rotten culture, a culture of fear, bullying and violence, and we can’t allow that,” he says.
He adds that the expelled leaders will continue to fight as they believe the EFF is a revolutionary movement that should fight for what is right and not silence its members when they point out problems within the party.
Mngxitama says he is ready to take anything the EFF throws at him.
“You must stand for something. If it’s not me, then who must fight this culture that no one can even defend?” he asks.
He adds that he is not concerned about rumours of a plot to assassinate him. “If something terrible were to happen to me by the hands of black people, for me that would be tragic and disappointing.”
Mngxitama has been involved in a bitter battle with the EFF leadership since he questioned their integrity in an SABC interview in February.
During the interview he criticised the party for allowing convicted murderer Papiki Babuile to serve as North West EFF chief whip and continue receiving a salary while serving his 12-year jail sentence.
His criticism did not go down well with the party’s top brass, and Mngxitama was accused of not following party procedure when he took his concerns to the media instead of using the party’s internal processes to address them.
Speaking this morning, Mngxitama said the expulsion of himself and two other party members, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Mpho Ramakatsa was illegal, as they still have a court application pending against the EFF.
In their application to the High Court, the expelled members have asked for the nullification of the National People’s Assembly which alleged fraudulently elected the party’s current leadership. The application also deals with accusations of financial misconduct within the party.
The trio also want the court to force the EFF to recognise that the party has no authority to subject members to any disciplinary processes.
Mngxitama believes that their expulsion by the EFF is the party leadership’s way of silencing the ‘rebel’ members instead of dealing with the court case.
EFF Chairperson Dali Mpofu told EyeWitness News this morning that the members were expelled because they undermined and disrespected the party’s leadership.
“Their disqualification from being MPs is an automatic consequence of their expulsion.”
Additional reporting: EyeWitness News