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EFF disciplinary: Cwele & Mahlobo to give evidence

Siyabonga Cwele and David Mahlobo are expected to be called as witnesses in the EFF disciplinary hearing.

FILE: Siyabonga Cwele and David Mahlobo are expected to be called as witnesses in the EFF disciplinary hearing. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele and Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo are expected to be called as witnesses in the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) disciplinary hearing in Parliament.

The Powers and Privileges Committee is investigating the conduct of 20 EFF MP's after they heckled President Jacob Zuma during his question and answer session in the National Assembly in August.

On Thursday, the committee announced it will be calling additional witnesses to give evidence in the hearing.

ANC MP's in the Powers and Privileges Committee have acceded to opposition calls for more witnesses to be called in the EFF's disciplinary hearing.

The committee's chairperson has announced that six more witnesses including two cabinet ministers and Parliament's Sergeant-at-Arms will be called to give evidence.

Julius Malema and his 19 fellow EFF MP's face possible suspension for being in contempt of Parliament.

They shouted "pay back the money" during President Zuma's question and answer session in August, in reference to the public protector's findings on the President's Nkandla home.

Malema and his EFF colleagues withdrew from the process last week, claiming it was a kangaroo court and that they would not get a fair hearing.

OPPOSITION THREATENS TO WITHDRAW

Opposition parties have threatened to withdraw from the disciplinary hearing of 20 EFF MPs, saying it is not acting procedurally.

The Democratic Alliance (DA), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and United Democratic Movement (UDM) are saying they will also walk away if their concerns aren't urgently addressed.

The opposition parties raised their concerns in a letter to committee chair, Lemias Mashile.

They are questioning the fairness of the process and warn they will consider their options if their concerns aren't addressed.

DA MP Annelie Lotriet said they we need urgent attention to this and if it is not addressed, they will have to reconsider our participation in this address.

The opposition parties say only one witness has been called yet the committee is set to hear closing arguments on Wednesday.

They also want Malema's 89-point submission to the committee to be discussed before and not after it will deliberate on its findings.

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