Former Speaker of Western Cape Parliament Masizole Mnqasela has gone to court to contest his expulsion from the Democratic Alliance.
His party also initiated a motion of no confidence against him two weeks ago.
He wrote on Facebook that he had filed his papers in Western Cape High Court on Friday 09 December.
Mnqasela wrote: “Filed my Court Papers contesting my expulsion from the Democratic Alliance.
This is now a matter of public record. A Fight for Justice and Freedom is a journey, not an eventful act,” he said.
The DA said Mnqasela expelled himself when he allegedly spoke bad things about the party.
DA accuses Mnqasela of fraud and corruption. The allegations are in connection with travel and entertainment allowances.
Mnqasela held a press conference on 25 November where he questioned the DA process. He said the allegations were never reported to Parliament. This is despite that the money he allegedly abused is for Parliament, not the party.
Mnqasela added that he doesn’t understand why the motion was brought to Parliament on an issue reported to the party’s internal structures.
“In Parliament, there has never been a complaint by the party that the Speaker has done something wrong. There is something very odd about this process and I thought it was also important to highlight that,” he said.
The DA Federal Council spokesperson Helen Zille said they told Mnqasela to reapply for party membership.
Cameron Dugmore, the official leader of opposition in the Western Cape legislature is demanding answers on why the DA has not communicated officially on the developments surrounding Mnqasela.
Provincial legislature said on Monday 12 December, they are electing Mnqasela’s replacement.