EFF Mps guilty

By Drum Digital
05 November 2014

Julius Malema threatened that the party would challenge in court any punishment imposed by the committee.

Twenty EFF MPs have been found guilty of all charges stemming from their heckling of President Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla home.

Economic Freedom Fighters chief whip Floyd Shivambu and his colleague Mpho Ramakatsa were found guilty of seven charges each, and EFF leader Julius Malema and the party's spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of four charges each.

The rest of the group, who chanted "pay back the money" at Zuma in the National Assembly on August 21, were found guilty of between one and six charges, committee chairman Lemias Mashile told reporters.

"It has been a lengthy discussion on Monday that took us into the night. Eventually the committee reached a conclusion that the charges that the 20 members of the National Assembly are facing have been proved and these charges stick to them and they are found guilty on those charges."

The charges ranged from refusing to obey an order by the Speaker to sit down or leave the chamber, to creating a disturbance in Parliament and interfering with the functions of the legislature.

Mashile said the EFF MPs would be given an opportunity on Friday to plead in mitigation of sentencing.

However, Malema made it plain his party refused to take any part in the disciplinary process in any way, in a submission read to the committee on October 7.

He threatened that the party would challenge in court any punishment imposed by the committee.

On Wednesday, the EFF MPs' leadership could not immediately be reached for comment as they were in a sitting of the National Assembly.

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