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EFF to challenge legitimacy of Parliamentary inquiry

20 EFF MPs were found guilty of heckling President Zuma during his question & answer session.

FILE. 20 EFF MPs were found guilty of heckling President Zuma during his question & answer session. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) found guilty of charges linked to the disruption of President Jacob Zuma's Parliamentary question session won't be offering any arguments to try and lessen their punishment.

Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee will meet on Friday, to begin finalising sanctions against the MPs.

The 20 MPs withdrew from the hearings early on, saying they could not expect a fair hearing from a committee dominated by the African National Congress (ANC).

Committee Chairperson Lemias Mashile says because the EFF MPs didn't take part in the hearings, they've been invited to come and plead their case.

"It's appropriate for the committee to indicate to them that these opportunities have been provided to them in terms of the rules."

But the EFF says it couldn't expect a fair hearing in a process it described as a kangaroo court.

The party says it will wait for the committee to table its final report in the National Assembly, where it says it will challenge its legitimacy and failing that, go to court.

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