EFF MPs to appear before Parliament’s disciplinary committee

The MPs are accused of disrupting Parliament and showing contempt for the National Assembly.

FILE: 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 - Twenty Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to appear before a disciplinary hearing today to face charges stemming from their heckling of President Jacob Zuma.

Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee was supposed to sit last week but the EFF's 11th-hour court application to interdict the hearing forced a postponement.

The application was unsuccessful.

The party says 20 MPs, including its leader Julius Malema, will appear before the committee today.

They are accused of disrupting Parliament and showing contempt for the National Assembly after shouting ' pay back the money' during the president's question and answer session in August.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had to ajourn the sitting of the house.

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 "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.

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says, "All I can say is that we are appearing and everything else we'll see there. Let's all see when the proceedings begin."

The issue is also being dealt with by another Parliamentary committee tasked with looking into the Nkandla scandal.

The ad-hoc committee made headlines when opposition MPs withdrew from the process after wrangling over whether the public protector's findings should be enforced.