EFF members to hear final fate on Monday

BY CHARL BOSCH - NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have threatened court action after 12 of its 20 MPs, including leader Julius Malema, were suspend by Parliament’s Powers and Privileges Committee on Friday, for bringing the National Assembly into dispute during a questions and answers sessions of President Jacob Zuma on August 21st.

The committee ruled that Malema, along with Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu, party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and MP’s Mpho Ramakatsa, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala and Godrich Gardee be suspend for 30 days without pay. In addition, Malema was also found guilty of four charges of showing contempt to Court with Shivambu and Ramakatsa being found guilty on seven charges.

Out of the reaming 13 members, Elsabe Louw, Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela, Nthako Matiase, Hlengiwe Maxon, Magdalene Moonsamy, and Andile Mngxitama were suspend for 14 days also without pay, while Bernard Joseph, Makoti Khawula, Asanda Matshobeni, Moses Mbatha, Kgotso Morapela, Nokulunga Sonti, Pumza Ntobogwana and Ntombovuyo Mente-Nqweniso were docked 14 days of pay and told to apologise to Parliament.

“We are not shocked. They reached the conclusion that they have because as we said, there was a clear mandate from Luthuli House that the EFF must be dealt with in the harshest possible terms,” Ndlozi said after the verdict has been passed.

“We will meet them in the National Assembly when they make those recommendations and object to it, failing which we'll approach a court.”

The party’s questioning and answering session to Zuma in August, turned into chaos after Malema rejected the President’s answer as to when is prepared to pay back a portion of the R246-million spend on security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence, after Public Protector Thuli Madonesla’s Nkandla report, Secure in Comfort, revealed that Zuma had unduly benefitted from the upgrades.

Dissatisfied with Zuma answers, EFF member began chanting ‘pay back the money’ forcing Speaker Baleka Mbete to end proceedings.

The committee’s final report is expected to be announced on Monday.