EFF members face music for heckling Zuma

2014-10-06 17:53

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

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

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.

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