EFF Parliamentary hearing analysing 'pay back the money' footage

All 20 EFF MPs face a charge of being in contempt of Parliament and creating disorder.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema at the EFF press briefing about the Nkandla National Assembly chaos on 21 August 2014. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Parliamentary committee investigating the conduct of 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) in the National Assembly is still analysing footage of the incident.

Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee is sitting for a third day today without the accused who staged a walkout earlier this week, vowing not to take part in what they've called the 'kangaroo court' of the African National Congress.

The MPs are in hot water for chanting "pay back the money" in reference to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the R246 million spent on upgrades to President Jacob 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.

Today's sessions appears to be a continuation of listening to evidence being led by attorney Randall van Voore.

The committee has been viewing the clip in which the EFF MPs stood up and refused to take orders from National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to be seated.

This was followed by the footage of the speaker adjourning the house.

All 20 MPs face a charge of being in contempt of Parliament and creating disorder while the house is in session, among others.

The committee members will then have a chance to ask questions to gain clarity on certain aspects of the 21 August incident.

The MPs risk being suspended from Parliament for up to 14 working days if found guilty by the committee.

Earlier, Masibulele Xaso, secretary of the National Assembly, said the EFF's disruption of the Parliamentary session was unprecedented.

Xaso was the first witness to testify at the hearing yesterday.

He said according to the rules of the house, the presiding officer in the assembly should be heard without interruption.