EFF ‘hooligans’ face sanction and suspension

2014-06-24 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Floyd Shivambu, the EFF’s chief whip, will tomorrow be called to account by the chief whips of the opposition parties after the EFF’s actions in the National Assembly (NA) last week.

Sister paper Beeld has learned the EFF’s raucous behaviour in Parliament on Thursday was placed on the agenda for the chief whips’ meeting tomorrow morning.

After the NA’s chair Thandi Modise threw EFF leader Julius Malema out of Parliament on Thursday when he refused to retract his Marikana statement, 24 EFF MPs left the building with him, shouting and singing.

The parliamentary rules stipulate that MPs may not act in a disorderly fashion.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen said a line has to be drawn on what was acceptable and what was unacceptable.

“We cannot allow disruptions.”

Dr Corné Mulder of the FF+, one of the two chief whips who act on behalf of the smaller parties, said it had to be placed on record that the EFF’s actions are unacceptable.

He said if the EFF members cannot learn to behave the whippery will ask Parliament to discipline them.

“We cannot allow hooligans,” he said.

Modise has meanwhile said she will consult on what action to take against Malema and EFF members for breaking the rules, which action could entail sanctions of rights and privileges in parliamentary committees, including temporary suspension from Parliament or fines.

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