Special sitting on Eskom, EFF

2014-11-27 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The long-awaited report on the EFF disciplinary ­hearing will be debated in a special sitting of the National Assembly ­today, after an urgent debate on the Eskom crisis.

These and other concessions was granted after a tense ­meeting by the Parliament’s ­programme committeeyesterday, during which emotions at times ran high.

MPs for the different political ­parties yesterday disagreed — ­sometimes vehemently — over the ­programme for today’s special ­sitting, which would initially only have lasted 25 minutes, including ­only five minutes for the EFF report.

Opposition parties labelled it a waste of taxpayers’ money, as MPs in at least five parliamentary ­committees had to interrupt ­meetings scheduled all over South ­Africa to attend today’s session in Cape Town.

The report recommends the suspension of 12 EFF MPs, including party leader Julius Malema.

EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu delivered quite a tirade in the Parliament’s programme committee, saying the EFF is not afraid of the report and the party is ready to contest it in court. He added President Jacob Zuma also had to be in Parliament today to answer questions.

Speaker Baleka Mbete sharply ­cautioned Shivambu, saying she respected the people who had raised him, but his actions did not reflect his elders’ lessons.

Shivambu told Mbete they were MPs now, culture had no place in debate and besides, Mbete was not his mother.

To prevent another filibustering session today, motions were limited in the meeting and chief whips had to determine which motions they will table behind closed doors last night.

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