EFF Decries “Vindictive Measures” as Six Members Suspended from State of the Nation Address

EFF Alleges “Vindictive Measures” in Suspension of Members from State of the Nation Address:

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have characterized the suspension of six of their members from the upcoming State of the Nation Address (Sona) as “vindictive measures to silence opposition voices.”

The ruling party, ANC, has faced accusations from the EFF, claiming that the timing of the suspension, specifically in February 2024, is a deliberate move to prevent scrutiny of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Suspension Deemed a Calculated Attempt to Exclude EFF Scrutiny:

In response to the failed court bid to lift the one-month suspension from Parliament, the EFF expressed its concern over the perceived motive behind the suspension.

The party believes that the ANC-led government is resorting to calculated measures to ensure that President Ramaphosa can deliver the Sona without facing scrutiny from the EFF.

EFF Vows to Hold Ramaphosa Accountable Despite Suspension:

Undeterred by the suspension, the EFF reassures the public that its members of Parliament attending the Sona will persist in holding President Ramaphosa accountable for what they perceive as his failures.

The party condemns the ANC’s actions as attempts to stifle opposition voices and evade accountability.

Judgment Seen as Hindrance to Accountability Over Phala Phala Scandal:

The suspension of the six EFF members, effective Thursday, follows their unsuccessful court application.

The EFF claims that the judgment not only prevents their party from holding President Ramaphosa accountable but also hinders scrutiny over issues such as the Phala Phala farm scandal, unemployment statistics, rising crime rates, and gender-based violence.

National Assembly Plans Uninterrupted for Sona, Except for Six Suspended EFF Fighters:

While all members of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces are expected to attend the State of the Nation Address next week, the absence of the six suspended EFF members has stirred controversy.

The EFF maintains that, despite the suspension, they will continue their efforts to hold President Ramaphosa accountable during the Sona.

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