MPs warned against personal feelings about EFF

2014-10-09 20:29
(File: News24)

(File: News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - MPs sitting on Parliament's powers and privileges committee were warned on Thursday to keep their personal feelings out of the disciplinary process against 20 EFF politicians.

While questioning a witness, ANC MP Mnyamezeli Booi, had tried to make a statement about the conduct of the EFF MPs.

"When you hear utterances that says you would never leave here today until you answer that question, is that about the rules or what is it about?" Booi asked.

Booi was referring to the 21 August incident in which the EFF disrupted proceedings while President Jacob Zuma was answering questions.

Booi went on to express his opinions about the conduct of EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu when Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was answering questions in the House.

"The worst example that I've never seen in my whole life... is what the deputy president of the country suffered when the gesture of the [middle] finger was made by a member of Parliament to him."

IFP MP Mangaqa Mncwango interjected, saying he was "not comfortable with the statement that I was hearing".

"We can't be actually expressing our personal feelings about what actually happened and what did not happen. Otherwise we are messing this process up," said Mncwango.

"I feel that the honourable member [Booi] should actually hold his horses on that one because we are not concluding yet, we are merely asking questions of clarity and the process in my view is still ongoing."

Committee chairperson Lemas Mashile agreed.

"I think that point of order is sustained. Let's reserve some of the things to when we get to the deliberations and today let's just examine the evidence as led in front of us," Mashile said.

Secretary to the National Assembly, Masibulele Xaso, concluded his evidence on Thursday evening, having spent two days testifying on Parliamentary processes and having to recall the events of 21 August, while repeatedly being shown video clips of the events unfolding.

Xaso was given a pointer and asked to identify each EFF politician by name from the footage, which was shown on a projector.

"The member I am pointing at now would be the honourable [Makoti] Khawula. Then honourable [Julius] Malema, honourable Shivambu..." Xaso told Parliament's powers and privileges committee.

He went on to identify each of the other 17 MPs who were seen chanting and singing in the House after National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete suspended proceedings due to the EFF refusing to obey her instruction to leave the House.

‘Pay back the money’

Mbete had tried to boot out the EFF MPs after they started chanting "Pay back the money" at Zuma.

They were referring to the R246m in state funds spent on his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal, a portion of which Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had recommended he repay.

The disciplinary process is continuing in the absence of the 20 MPs, who face contempt of Parliament charges.

The accused MPs withdrew from the process on Tuesday, following a statement made by Malema.

In his statement, Malema attacked the legitimacy of the committee and asked instead that Mbete be charged for disrupting parliamentary proceedings.

The committee said it could not heed the request for the charges to be withdrawn as legally it did not have the power to do so.

Only the Speaker had the authority to withdraw charges against MPs.

Malema and the 19 EFF MPs risk being suspended from Parliament for up to 14 working days if found guilty.

The committee will meet again on 15 October when initiator Randal van Voore will present arguments to the MPs.

Mashile made it clear he also expected a doctor's certificate from EFF MP Magdalene Moonsamy after she failed to appear before the committee on Tuesday without submitting a letter of apology.

Malema assured the committee she was ill and would provide proof of her illness.

Read more on:    anc  |  eff  |  cape town  |  parliament 2014  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
25 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.