EFF MPs walk out of disciplinary hearing

The hearings are taking place in the absence of EFF leader Julius Malema and his fellow MPs.

FILE: EFF members push their way past policemen into the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in Johannesburg during a protest march 22 July 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Two Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) have walked out of the disciplinary hearings against 20 of their colleagues.

The hearings are taking place in the absence of EFF leader Julius Malema and his fellow MPs who've dubbed the proceedings 'a kangaroo court'.

But the EFF has continued to be represented on Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee, which is conducting the disciplinary hearing.

They're being taken to task for heckling President Jacob Zuma in Parliament in August during a question and answer session calling on him to pay back the money spent on upgrades in Nkandla.

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.

State Security Minister David Mahlobo and his predecessor have yet to give evidence at the hearing.

The committee is presently hearing final arguments from evidence leader attorney Randall van Voore.

The EFF objected to the committee hearing's final argument in the case against its MPs without hearing other witnesses first.

Lucky Twala and Abner Matlhoko then walked out when they weren't allowed to register their objections to the process.

Chairman Lemias Mashile insisted that any problems should be dealt with behind closed doors after van Voore presents his report.

The committee decided last week that Mbete would not be called.