Another EFF MP suspended from Parliament

Baleka Mbete issued the order against Andile Mngxitama a short while ago after the two clashed in Parliament.

FILE: National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete has suspended an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Member of Parliament (MP) for five days.

Mbete issued the order against the EFF's Andile Mngxitama a short while ago after the two clashed in Parliament.

"Honourable Mngxitama, on virtue of your continuous defiance, I now suspend you for five days."

The EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi tried to intervene but Mbete refused to recognise him.

"I am asking to address you honourable speaker, can I ask you to recognise me to raise point of order? I have a right to be recognised."

Mngxitama did not immediately leave the chamber and other EFF MPs continued to participate in proceedings.

The drama unfolded as President Jacob Zuma was delivering his annual address in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) this afternoon.

Yesterday, Zuma was criticised by opposition MPs for his absence from the National Assembly.

The president today gave details in the NCOP on government's progress in achieving its goals.

"We have made good progress in meeting these goals which include the eradication of extreme poverty, the achievement of universal primary education, attaining gender equality and the empowerment of women."

On Thursday EFF leader Julius Malema and 19 fellow EFF MPs were found guilty as charged by Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.

Disciplinary proceedings were launched soon after the disruption of Zuma's question time on 21 August but the EFF MPs withdrew from the process, claiming it was a 'kangaroo court'.

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.