Cwele to appear before EFF disciplinary hearing

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

Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele will appear before Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee tomorrow.

Cwele was among the witnesses to have been called to give evidence in the disciplinary hearing against 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) but has been abroad on government business.

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

The MPs are charged with being in contempt of Parliament by breaking the rules when President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session was disrupted on 21 August.

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

The committee heard final arguments in the case against the EFF MPs on Tuesday, prompting a walkout by the party's representatives who complained it was not fair to do so when not all witnesses had testified.

Committee chairperson Lemias Mashile says the committee will hear further argument once Cwele has appeared.

Independent initiator Randall van Voore took the committee through all the evidence, arguing that the EFF MPs deliberately broken the rules when Zuma's question time was disrupted.

Mashile says the committee will reconvene on Monday to give its members time to read through the several pages of documents before them including Van Voore's 172-page submission.