Mireille de Villiers
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24 Aug 2015
5:22 pm

Mpumalanga legislature to investigate EFF

Mireille de Villiers

The behaviour of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the Mpumalanga Legislature is being investigated after members of the party were almost kicked out of a question-and-answer session last week.

The Mpumalanga Legislature. Pic: Lowvelder

The same day the party staged a walk-out in Parliament when the National Assembly adopted the ad hoc committee’s report absolving president Jacob Zuma of responsibility for security upgrades to his Nkandla home, Lowvelder reported.

In Mpumalanga, two EFF MPLs, Alfred Skhosana and Collen Sedibe, reportedly became unruly when agriculture MEC Andries Gamede did not answer questions about allegations of fraudulent land-restitution deals to their satisfaction.

Skhosana asked if land audits had been done by the provincial department. Gamede responded they had been done nationally. Skhosana later asked if remedial actions were in place to avert possible fraud.

Gamede pointed out the matter had been withdrawn by the Hawks and took the opportunity to criticise the press “for making it their project to discredit the president of the country. We have the same situation here”.

In response to more questions about corruption allegations in land restitution, Gamede said he was concerned about infighting in communal property associations.
Skhosana would not accept these answers. Acting speaker David Dube judged him unruly. Sedibe joined his colleague in refusing to sit down. Dube ordered both to leave numerous times.

Dube then deliberated with the legal team before suspending proceedings.

Zamagambu Memela-Gamede, spokesperson for the legislature, said afterwards it was unfortunate the expected level of behaviour could not be observed on Tuesday, where “even the use of unparliamentary language was experienced”.

“(Dube) further directed that the matter be referred to the relevant committee for consideration and to determine the extent to which the members conducted themselves. This matter is now subject to investigation by the relevant committee of legislature, and it is only that committee that can make pronouncements about the behaviour of the MPLs,” Memela-Gamede said.

– Caxton News Service