Ma­jor set­back for er­rant EFF six

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THE SIX ex­pelled EFF coun­cil­lors are vow­ing to launch a new bid to stop their party lead­ers re­plac­ing them in the Mo­gale City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, fol­low­ing their dis­missal for vot­ing with the ANC.

The six suf­fered a ma­jor blow yes­ter­day when the high court in Joburg dis­missed their ap­pli­ca­tion to in­ter­dict the EFF from ap­point­ing new coun­cil­lors to re­place them.

The ur­gent bid came after the EFF’s na­tional lead­er­ship sub­mit­ted six new names to Mo­gale City’s mu­nic­i­pal man­ager and wanted them sworn in as new coun­cil­lors.

The ac­tion prompted the dis­missed coun­cil­lors to ap­proach the high court, but it found that their mat­ter lacked ur­gency. The court did not hear the mer­its of their ar­gu­ments.

T h e In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) and Mo­gale City did not op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tion, but the EFF did.

Smanga Mkhum­beni, Nh­lanhla Shilubane, Nomonde Nkatu, Le­mogang Modis­ane, Eric Baloyi and Ed­ward Mot­sisi were fired after their de­ci­sion at a July 11 coun­cil meet­ing to vote with the ANC in its bud­get vote.

The EFF was de­ter­mined to de­fend their de­ci­sion to axe the six , who want the party lead­er­ship to re­con­sider the de­ci­sion to ex­pel them.

Now the ag­grieved six have vowed to ap­proach the high court again to­day to have their ap­pli­ca­tion placed back on the roll in the civil court, be­cause the high court has a back­log of cases.

Mkhum­beni, the for­mer EFF chief whip, ap­peared con­fi­dent that the court would find a suit­able date for them to ar­gue their case in a bid to have their dis­missal re­scinded.

“Our dis­missal was un­fair. We filed no­tices to ap­peal the (EFF) na­tional com­mand team’s de­ci­sion to dis­miss us on Mon­day.

“De­spite us fil­ing the no­tices, our lead­er­ship ap­proached Mo­gale City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and fur­nished them with the names of new coun­cil­lors to re­place us. That was un­fair. It was on that ba­sis that we filed an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion in the high court,” he said.

Mkhum­beni also claimed the pro­ceed­ings in their dis­ci­plinary hear­ing had been un­fair, say­ing he was not al­lowed to present his case or call wit­nesses to sup­port him.

The de­ci­sion to charge the EFF six came after the DA lost the may­oral seat to the ANC in June.

The ANC filed a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in for­mer DA mayor Michael Holen­stein and re­ceived 39 votes in favour of the mo­tion. The DA re­ceived 36 votes and there were two spoilt bal­lots.

In last year’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, the DA se­cured 27 seats, the EFF nine and the IFP two, while the Free­dom Front Plus (FF+) got one.

The op­po­si­tion party had a col­lec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion of 39 coun­cil­lors, while the ANC had 38.

Dur­ing the vote of no con­fi­dence, one of the op­po­si­tion mem­bers voted with the ANC, while two spoilt their votes.

Both the EFF and the DA strug­gled to find the cul­prits within their ranks.

But things turned out dif­fer­ently when the EFF six voted with the ANC, claim­ing it was a peo­ple’s bud­get.

Their lead­ers, how­ever, acted im­me­di­ately.

Coun­cil­lors’ ur­gent bid to re­scind their ax­ing fails

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