DA: Suspending EFF MPs is a step too far

The DA in Parliament does not think its in the interest of democracy to suspend the 25 EFF MPs.

The EFF's section in Parliament. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) facing suspension from Parliament have the backing of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen has told Eyewitness News suspending the party's 25 National Assembly Parliamentarians would be a step too far.

The EFF has been asked by speaker Baleka Mbete to write to her, arguing why they should not be suspended.

The red berets are expected to announce whether they will do so after their caucus meeting today.

Mbete says Parliament's rules allow for the suspension of MPs if the charges against them are very serious.

But Steenhuisen says it's too harsh a step.

"It means that their voice will be lost in Parliament for that period. I don't think that's in the democratic interest."

Mbete is expected to say more about the matter on Tuesday, when the National Assembly is set to debate and ANC motion on whether or not the EFF MPs should be suspended.

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