South Africa 8.10.2014 10:47 am

EFF disciplinary process continues

FILE PICTURE: The Powers and Privileges committee sits again without the EFF. They walked out of the hearing yesterday. Picture: @citireporter twitter

FILE PICTURE: The Powers and Privileges committee sits again without the EFF. They walked out of the hearing yesterday. Picture: @citireporter twitter

Disciplinary proceedings against 20 Economic Freedom Fighters MPs continued in Parliament on Wednesday after an hour-long delay.

MPs on the powers and privileges committee met legal advisers behind closed doors before resuming in public.

Absent were EFF leader Julius Malema and 19 of his MPs, who walked out of proceedings in protest on Tuesday.

Proceedings are expected to continue in their absence on Wednesday.

The EFF contends Speaker Baleka Mbete mishandled events on August 21 when the EFF disrupted the National Assembly during President Jacob Zuma’s question time, chanting “pay back the money” at him.

Mbete ordered “members who are not serious” to leave the chamber after EFF MPs repeatedly pointed out that Zuma had failed to answer a question on when he would heed Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s directive to repay some of the R246 million in state funds spent on his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

She threatened to have them removed before adjourning proceedings.

At the start of the hearing on Tuesday, EFF MPs refused to plead to charges of disrupting and showing contempt for Parliament.

The EFF MPs risk suspension from the legislature for up to 14 working days if found guilty.

– Sapa

 

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