Parliament’s powers and privileges committee has found 20 Economic Freedom Fighters MPs guilty of all charges stemming from their heckling of President Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla home.
EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu and his colleague Mpho Ramakatsa were found guilty on seven charges each, and EFF leader Julius Malema and the party’s spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on 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 on between one and six charges, committee chairman Lemias Mashile told journalists at Parliament today.
“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,” Mashile told reporters.
These charges range 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 that his party refused to take any part in the disciplinary process in any way in a submission read to the committee on October 7.