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6 Oct 2014
6:17 pm

EFF MPs to appear on disciplinary charges

Twenty MPs of the Economic Freedom Fighters, including leader Julius Malema, will appear before a parliamentary committee on Tuesday on disciplinary charges stemming from their heckling of President Jacob Zuma.

FILE PICTURE: Policemen break up a scuffle between Economic Freedom Fighters MPs and ANC members at Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, 21 August 2014. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

“We are appearing tomorrow. Everybody will be there,” EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.

The MPs face charges of disrupting and displaying contempt for the National Assembly after shouting “pay back the money” at Zuma, after Malema questioned the president about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s directive to reimburse the state for luxuries added to his Nkandla home.

The EFF last week sought an urgent interdict to stop the process, claiming that the powers and privileges committee were likely to be biased because the majority of its members are from the ANC.

The application was dismissed by the Western Cape High Court last Monday after their lawyer, who was briefed shortly before the hearing, conceded that he could not substantiate the merit or the urgency of the matter.

The MPs risk being suspended from the National Assembly for up to 14 working days if found guilty.