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Johannesburg - Six Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mogale City councillors who have been expelled for voting with the African National Congress (ANC) have a right to appeal.

At the weekend the EFF expelled councillors named as Nhlanhla Shilubane, Nomonde Nkatu, Lemogang Modisane, Eric Baloyi, Edward Motsitsi and Simanga Mkhumbeni for what the party said was "essentially betrayed our revolutionary tenant".  

Voting with the ANC was synonymous with "voting for corruption", the EFF said.

In a statement issued late on Sunday the EFF national spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Quintin Ndlozi, said: "The six EFF councillors have the right to appeal, however, the expulsion sentence is in effect even when under appeal". 

Ndlozi said the party will communicate with the Mogale City Municipal Manager to declare the vacancies "so that the EFF can replace all the six councillors".

The expulsion was in relation to a Mogale City budget vote in July. 
 
"On the 11th of July 2017, six EFF councillors contravened the EFF decision not to attend the Mogale City Budget vote Council meeting in which the ANC needed its budget to be passed. These councillors not only helped for a Council meeting quorum to be constituted, they also voted in favour of the proposed ANC budget," said the EFF.

"The organisation took exception to this conduct as it returned the public purse in the hands of the ANC. This is the same ANC that the people of Mogale City removed from the government following the 2016 local government elections outcomes. 

"It is the same ANC that has been looting the public purse since 1994 to the exclusion and marginalisation of our people."