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EFF MPs summoned to appear before Parliamentary committee

The notices spell out the charges the MPs face following the disruption of Zuma's Parliamentary question time.

FILE: 20 EFF MPs have been served with formal notices to appear before Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.

CAPE TOWN - Twenty Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) have been served with formal notices to appear before Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.

The notices spell out the charges the MPs face following the disruption of President Jacob Zuma's Parliamentary question time on 21 August.

Mbete had to adjourn the sitting of the House when EFF MPs refused to sit down, after EFF leader Julius Malema asked Zuma when he would pay back the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla homestead.

The chanting was a reference to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the R246 million spent on upgrades to Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefited unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

The committee is set to sit next Tuesday to begin its inquiry into the conduct of the 20 EFF MPs.

Mbete has asked the committee to find out whether their conduct amounts to contempt of Parliament.

She wants it to report back as soon as possible.

The 20 MPs have all been charged with defying Mbete's orders to leave the National Assembly when Zuma's question time came to an abrupt halt.

The hearings are expected to take place over five days with another two days set aside for the committee to deliberate