EFF MPs: To plead or not to plead?

Julius Malema and 24 EFF MPs are deciding whether or not to plead their case with speaker Baleka Mbete.

Policemen break up a scuffle between EFF MPs and ANC members at Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, 21 August 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Julius Malema and his 24 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs), who have been threatened with suspension from the National Assembly while their conduct is investigated, will decide today whether or not to plead their case with speaker Baleka Mbete.

Mbete has asked that they write her letters arguing why they should not be suspended while Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee probes the disruption of President Jacob Zuma's question time last week.

EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu says their sit-in last Thursday was peaceful, adding the party will make known its decision after its caucus meeting this morning.

"There is no basis upon which any member of the EFF can be suspended from Parliament because there's nothing wrong with what the EFF has done."

Meanwhile Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's maiden question time in Parliament on Wednesday went off without a hitch, despite the arrival of about 200 African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) supporters, who said they'd come to defend Zuma from the red berets.

The EFF has accused the ANC of itself trying to disrupt Parliament.

But the ANC's Moloto Mothapo has insisted they were interested members of the public.

"It cannot be that it is in relation to what happened last week. As far as we are concerned they were members of the public, including those supporting the SACP and ANC; they are always welcome to Parliament."