EFF disciplinary report delayed

2014-11-18 11:35

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The disciplinary report recommending sanctions against 20 Economic Freedom Fighters members was withdrawn from the parliamentary order paper at the 11th hour last night.

An alert put out late last night indicated that the contentious report, from the powers and privileges committee, had been withdrawn. It will be “rescheduled to a date to be advised”, a parliamentary notice stated.

This was welcomed by the Democratic Alliance and some other opposition parties this morning, who said they were surprised when the report appeared on the agenda for today and had objected.

Speaking at a joint opposition party press conference this morning, the DA’s Annelie Lotriet – a member of the powers and privileges committee – said that the plan from last week’s programming committee was that the report would be placed on the National Assembly programme only on Thursday.

The report was described as a “hatchet job” at the press conference, which was attended by members of the DA, the United Democratic Movement, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Congress of the People.

Opposition parties have drawn up their own assessment report, which they said would form the basis of a Private Member’s Bill to ensure that the process was “fair and unbiased in future”. They said that the official report was the first of its kind since 1994, so it could set a precedent.

“Our report aims to highlight the procedural flaws in the investigation, and to propose solutions for a fairer process in future,” said Lotriet.

Meanwhile, an earlier-than-usual plenary session of Parliament got under way at 10am to table 38 budget review reports.

This as opposition party leaders held a two-hour breakfast meeting with deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa this morning to try and find a way out of the parliamentary impasse between the ruling party and opposition parties.

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