Committee calls for Malema's suspension

It has recommended suspension without pay for most of the EFF MPs found guilty of contempt of Parliament.

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee has recommended suspension without pay for most of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) found guilty of contempt of Parliament including party leader Julius Malema.

Malema and his chief whip Floyd Shivambu are among those set to receive the sanctions.

They face being suspended for 30 days without pay.

The recommendations will be adopted in a formal report on Monday and submitted to the National Assembly for approval.

Committee chairperson Lemias Mashile says, "I can confirm that the committee today resolved to recommend suspension of 30 days without remuneration."

The MPs were this week found guilty of misconduct after heckling President Jacob Zuma during a question and answer session in the National Assembly in August.

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.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefitted unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.