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effSowetan reports that a junior member at the EFF office in North West claims that she lost her job for speaking out about her alleged assault by the party’s chief whip in the provincial legislature.  

Maggie Klaas, who worked as an administrator at the EFF’s office, said she was fired on Thursday.  Klaas indicated that she was accused of bringing the name of the party into disrepute by talking about the alleged assault to the media.  In November, she opened a case of assault with the police, accusing her direct manager Bungas Ntsangane of threatening to cut off her private parts before physically assaulting her.  The two were allegedly fighting for an office key.  This apparently happened in full view of other legislature members.  Klaas said on Thursday she was shocked when she received a letter telling her that her contract has been terminated.  She sought an explanation, but the party management would not budge.  She stated that she had been working for EFF for more than two years, but had never experienced such hostility.  Provincial party spokesman Jerry Matebesi said Klaas was never forced to drop the case of alleged assault against Ntsangane.  He said Klaas was dismissed for refusing to comply with a lawful instruction to attend a staff meeting.  The case against Ntsangane has been postponed to 13 November by the Mmabatho Magistrate’s Court for investigation.

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