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Parliament committee to probe EFF disruption

By Sapa | Aug 26, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 52 ]

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.


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You must first probe zuma

Aug 26, 2014 3:39 | 0 replies


Mbete causes the whole issue then she wants to suspend EFF? If Mbete hadn't been so full of shiit, the whole situation wouldn't have happened.

Aug 26, 2014 3:39 | 3 replies


She is trying to impress his bos zuma

Aug 26, 2014 3:40 | 0 replies


heee I find myself agreeign with you on most issues today, why did she come back from sick leave this woman?

Aug 26, 2014 3:40 | 0 replies


She drives parliament like she drives a car - on a hongfong permit!

Aug 26, 2014 3:46 | 1 replies


Mbete, did the right thing...she warned them to sit down, but nope they wouldn't...warned them again, again, again, again, and still they never listened. EFF got what they deserved !!

Aug 26, 2014 3:55 | 1 replies


I disagree. Mbete tried to bully EFF into accepting the (non) answer from Zuma and refused to allow them to insist on a reply. The Speaker's job is to uphold the rules of parliament, not as a defense bumper for politicians.

Aug 26, 2014 4:2 | 1 replies


The President gave the answer, then EFF prevented your chomie Holimisa to ask the next question.

Aug 26, 2014 4:18 | 1 replies


What was his 'answer'? Not being willing to discuss it is not an answer, it is a dodge. You also seem to have missed the part where Holomisa said that he also wanted an answer to what EFF asked and that he didn't blame EFF for getting frustrated at Mbete flouting parliamentary rules

Aug 26, 2014 4:22 | 1 replies


You see it as a "dodge" and I see it as a answer, he did NOT have to go in detail with. That's why the ad-hoc was set up... Are you Blonde ???? hmmm.

Aug 26, 2014 4:39 | 1 replies


No. I'm a red-head. The president cannot get a 'committee' to answer the Public Protector's report. Only the person who is implicated in the report can answer the report. Which part of that do you not understand? hmmmm

Aug 26, 2014 4:41 | 1 replies


Hmmm red- heads are hot :) I'm off bye.

Aug 26, 2014 4:46 | 0 replies


They should start the process to remove Zuma 1st

Aug 26, 2014 3:41 | 0 replies


Agggg Sowetan bring interesting news, we have heard enough for the day about these people

Aug 26, 2014 3:42 | 1 replies


Gijima mgijimi...that's true my son. Don't you have work to do? Phangela apho mfondini.

Aug 26, 2014 3:51 | 1 replies


its tshayile time baba,andisebenzeli makula mna

Aug 26, 2014 3:55 | 0 replies


EFF members would be given an opportunity to provide Mbete with written reasons why they should not be suspended xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx They must suspend zuma first for not giving a proper response , Indeed Mbeki has a last laugh , Malema and Zuma were all over Mbeki

Aug 26, 2014 3:43 | 0 replies


then the Speaker need to equip herself with rules of parliament and read the verdict of De Lille case (De Lille and Another v Speaker of the National Assembly 1998 (3) SA 430 (C). by so doing she will be literally suspending votes, so the majority of people who voted Eff will not be represented (this goes against the constitutional requirements), but we know ANC care little about somethings, so it is possible. A simple question like "when is the president going to pay the money and how" has caused so much fracas, perhaps we have little to do in this country. our leaders would rather worry about little things, perhaps they dont want to bother to think about bigger issues, not good for their minds perhaps

Aug 26, 2014 3:44 | 0 replies


If I were this woman i would resign, she has amassed lots of BEE deals and is a shareholder like many ANC crooks in many companies, before she dies from heart attack. #ASIJIKI, perhaps someone needs to explain to this dunderheads from ANC what it means...NO turning back, forward we go backwards NEVER

Aug 26, 2014 3:46 | 0 replies


Now we have Gwede on TV talking absolute cr@p! He is attacking Thuli and making out that EFF are the first to ever disrupt parliament! Like all those times the opposition did a walkout was any different.

Aug 26, 2014 3:49 | 2 replies



Aug 26, 2014 3:55 | 1 replies


that is only because you have mommy issues!

Aug 26, 2014 4:3 | 0 replies


what do you expect MC, Gwede has to continue to propagate, sadly for them the proverbial horse has bolted. EFF inspires the voiceless and the powerless to take on teh power,

Aug 26, 2014 4:2 | 1 replies


It is getting to the point where I see Gwede's face and I want to throw something!

Aug 26, 2014 4:4 | 0 replies


mbete u can do it and see if we care, but u will be playing with fire...

Aug 26, 2014 3:50 | 0 replies


that would be further victimisation of EFF and by extension my right, madam you want to pause and think about that...

Aug 26, 2014 3:51 | 0 replies


This issue is leading to a constitutional crisis and its good. EFF should be commended for driving it to a point where it will have to be resolved. The other opposition parties have, very nobly, tried to stick to parliamentary rules, and have had to sit and watch helplessly as the ANC trampled all over democracy and the spirit and rules of parliament. No more, EFF is driving it to a boiling point where something will have to give. I expect it is going to lead to the demise of Zuma.

Aug 26, 2014 3:53 | 0 replies