EFF MPs may be suspended

Cape Town - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete is considering the suspension of Economic Freedom Fighters MPs who disrupted questions to President Jacob Zuma last Thursday.

"I have to inform the House that the matter is being referred to the Powers and Privileges Committee in terms of rule 194," Mbete told MPs at the start of proceedings in the House on Tuesday.

The committee would be tasked with probing the actions of EFF leader Julius Malema and his fellow MPs and whether this constituted contempt of the legislature.

A report with recommendations would be submitted to the Assembly as a "matter of urgency".
In addition, she would decide on whether EFF MPs should be suspended while the committee conducted its probe.

"...I'm considering the implementation of item 10 of the schedule of the rules which make provision for the suspension of members where the allegations against them are of a serious nature," said Mbete.

EFF members would be given an opportunity to provide Mbete with written reasons why they should not be suspended.

Gerhard Labuschagne 2014/08/26 03:00:59 PM
While youre at it,why don't you also probe Zuma's refusal to properly reply to questions put to him in parliament.
Kallie Cronje 2014/08/26 03:01:27 PM
OK and Zuma gets away with fraud.If Zumi can just answer the qeustion this will not happern.
Boooo 2014/08/26 03:01:35 PM
typical anc. other things was be dealt with as matter of urgency. Wat about anc corruption, nkandla, gupta gate, npa spy tapes... Mbete you are biases and only got this position to block any motion by house to get Number to account.
Nolusindiso Mooi Mnyezima 2014/08/26 03:02:05 PM
It was disrespectful of them to disrupt the Parliament, but why cant the President of South Africa answer to the question? all of these investigations and finger pointing is disrupting the whole country, JZ just pay the money back PLEASE
WG Morgan 2014/08/26 03:03:28 PM
"EFF members would be given an opportunity to provide Mbete with written reasons why they should not be suspended." That would give the EFF a chance to restate their reason for the mayhem! They would once again demand the money back or Zuma to explain! It could get sticky for Zuma. Poor man, such potential, all wasted! Ha! Ha! Time to change the government.
Hennie Barnard 2014/08/26 03:04:19 PM
Do those seats go vacant or are they just going to be replaced with other EFF members?
David Grant 2014/08/26 03:05:10 PM
And knowing Malema's political IQ it will be a decision you will come to regret. His reactions to your actions seem to have a way of making you look particularly stupid at the moment
Mowale Mike 2014/08/26 03:06:20 PM
No institution needs anarchists, Al qaeda, Al Shabaab, Boko Haram- sponsored terrorists to wreck havoc in our society. I no longer support EFF. If Parly can not be respected by these EFF thugs, how am I expected to respect laws that are passed by the same thugs in the house?
Mike Heyns 2014/08/26 03:07:21 PM
ANYTHING to delay the ANSWER!!!
Xolani Ndimba 2014/08/26 03:07:57 PM
These people will do anything to protect Zuma.