EFF disciplinary hearing closed sitting

The Parliamentary committee hearing the matter says today’s proceedings will be a closed session.

FILE: EFF members of Parliament.

CAPE TOWN - The parliamentary committee tasked with investigating the conduct of some Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Members of Parliament in the National Assembly, is meeting behind closed doors today.

A sign has been placed on the door where the proceedings will be heard, which reads "today's gathering is a closed session."

The media have also been barred entry to the seating.

The disciplinary hearing of the 20 accused is being led by Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.

The matter is however taking place without the accused being present.

This follows their refusal to participate in the proceedings, calling it a kangaroo court of the African Nation Congress.

The purpose of todays committee meeting is to give members time to read through the documents, including independent initiator Randall van Voore's 172-page submission.

The EFF MP's are being charged with being in contempt of Parliament by breaking the rules when disrupting President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in August.