As it happened: Disciplinary hearing continues without EFF

2014-10-07 10:38

EFF members of Parliament have staged a walkout from their disciplinary hearing over the heckling of President Jacob Zuma in August.


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07 Oct 16:12
So we'll close updates there. Cheers.

07 Oct 16:03
Instead the committee decided to adjourn. Will return tomorrow.

07 Oct 15:59

MP Mdakane says the video was useful and proposes adjournment and come back tomorrow (Wednesday). MP Booi agrees.

Another MP suggests going until 17:00. "I'm as fresh as a daisy," he says. Oh joy.

07 Oct 15:50
Committee member asks who took video, initiator responds:  "Two gentlemen employed by Parliament took it with mobile camera."

07 Oct 15:45
The video shows a female ANC MP barging in to the chamber but it looks like she was there to fetch a bag, says Mail & Guardian reporter Andisiwe Makinana from Parliament.

07 Oct 15:43
A reporter at Parliament says some committee members are chatting while a video plays. None too focused on their job then...

07 Oct 15:41

07 Oct 15:33
You can also watch Malema's speech in full here.

07 Oct 15:22
Minister Siyabonga Cwele tried negotiating with Julius Malema to halt disruption on the day.

07 Oct 15:21
MPs are chatting among themselves and at times laughing out loud as they watch a video of EFF MPs inside the Assembly.

07 Oct 15:14
No, the hearing hasn't ended today. Committee members are watching another video of EFF MPs inside the National Assembly after the cameras were switched off. They sang "iwewe".

07 Oct 14:55
After watching the video the hearing is expected to resign until tomorrow (Wednesday)

07 Oct 14:55
Read Malema's full speech to the committee.

07 Oct 14:48
This of course is the video in question.

07 Oct 14:45
Committee members in Parliament are now watching the video of the incident.

07 Oct 14:36

07 Oct 14:34

Oh, apparently the EFF are holding a "peaceful" protest in Sauer Street, Joburg CBD.

- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and pictures

07 Oct 14:28
Committee says audiovisual will provide contextual evidence on what happened on 21 August.

07 Oct 14:22
ANC further says: We strongly reject the EFF's unfounded accusations levelled against us that we imposed our wishes on the committee.

07 Oct 14:21
Meanwhile, the ANC has said in a statement: By running away from the committee today, EFF MPs proven the charges might be too strong for them to challenge.

07 Oct 14:19
Committee member MP Mdakane says this is not an ANC driven hearing, it's Parliament.

07 Oct 14:08
The committee has resumed.

07 Oct 13:12

07 Oct 13:12
The committee adjourns for an hour long lunch, then they will watch the video of the "pay back the money" incident.

07 Oct 13:10
The committee lawyer says the statement by the EFF cannot be used as evidence, because it was not given under oath.

07 Oct 13:08
The hearing is rather... sedate without the EFF there.

07 Oct 12:58
Mashile says we now need to get evidence like audiovisual to back up charges already drawn up against EFF MPs.

07 Oct 12:52
ANC MP Booi: We must take note of what the EFF raised to ensure that this process is fair.

07 Oct 12:50
DA MP Lotriet: We need to find out whether we have the legal authority to proceed, as we were witnesses to the incident.

07 Oct 12:47

07 Oct 12:46

07 Oct 12:44
While the EFF's disciplinary hearing continues, Julius Malema has just arrived at the Judicial Service Commission.

07 Oct 12:38
Mashile: Hon. Moonsamy is not here.. she indicated that she is ill.. we are not sure if indeed he was mandated to speak for her..

07 Oct 12:35
Mashile: We also need to talk about how as a committee... we move forward...

07 Oct 12:33
Committee chair LB Mashile addresses hearing. He says: The EFF is not here to plea, and I have the power to enter a 'not guilty' plea for them today.

07 Oct 12:31
The committee has resumed.

07 Oct 12:18
"Our business with you ends here. We are leaving," said Malema before leading his party out of the hearing.

07 Oct 12:10

07 Oct 12:04
So after the EFF's walkout, the committee has adjourned for 10 minutes.

07 Oct 12:03

07 Oct 11:59

Committee chair calls for order, Malema speaks over him and says: "I'm calling YOU to order."

As expected, things are indeed, er, spicy here.

07 Oct 11:57
This is an illegitimate process, says Malema.

07 Oct 11:56

Malema: Stop the entire process. It is a contaminated process with the ANC as the complainant, witness and judge.

The EFF leader concludes his statement. The committee responds with: "Er... thank you, honourable Malema."

07 Oct 11:54
Malema: We are not your employees, the 1 million people who voted for us are our employees.

07 Oct 11:52
EFF says it is Baleka Mbete who should appear before the disciplinary committee.

07 Oct 11:50
Malema: It was illegal for the speaker to threaten to suspend EFF MPs without due process.

07 Oct 11:49
Malema: ANC MPs made their way into the House forcefully with intention to assault EFF MPs. Today they are judges in this matter.

07 Oct 11:47
Malema: You cannot apply rules of the House when the House is suspended.

07 Oct 11:47
Malema: We cannot be subjected to a disciplinary hearing when the Speaker admitted to losing it that day.

07 Oct 11:45
Malema still speaking. Well beyond three minutes now. He says hearings might as well be held at Luthuli House.

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