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Parly PPC to push ahead with EFF disciplinary hearing

The committee's chairperson postponed the hearing for a week following an interdict.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema asked President Jacob Zuma when he would pay back the money spent on Nkandla security upgrades. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Parliament's Privileges and Powers Committee will push ahead with disciplinary hearing into the conduct of 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs).

Even though the party's bid to interdict the hearing was unsuccessful, the committee's chairperson decided to postpone the hearing for a week.

But the court denied the party an interdict giving the committee the green light to proceed with the disciplinary action.

The MPs are accused of heckling President Jacob Zuma during a question and answer session in the National Assembly last month.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had to adjourn the sitting of the House on 21 August 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.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefitted 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.

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