Opposition objects to EFF disciplinary report

EFF leader Julius Malema and fellow MPs face suspension.

FILE: Opposition Members of Parliament (MP)’s have objected to the report of Parliament’s Powers and Privileges Committee on 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs misconduct. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition Members of Parliament (MP)'s on Thursday objected to the Powers and Privileges Committee's report on misconduct by 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) parliamentarians.

EFF leader Julius Malema and fellow EFF members face suspension of between 14 and 30 days if the report's adopted.

They accused committee chairperson Lemias Mashile of misrepresenting the facts and clashed with National Assembly Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli.

African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Stone Sizani intervened.

"Honourable Mashile is not reading the report, he is introducing the report to the house."

A shouting match erupted with MPs complained their microphones had been switched off.

MPs even threatened to use the deputy speaker's microphone.

EFF MP's are complaining they're being undermined by the ANC.

The EFF and deputy speaker have been at odds throughout the afternoon on a number of matters.

EFF MPs then walked over to the DA's benches to use the official opposition's microphones.

Malema says his party has made peace with the majority ANC Powers and Privileges Committee Report, because the outcome had been predetermined by the ruling party.

"Those who come from the ruling party have been given an instruction not to think, but to use their numbers by their leaders."

The EFF leader defiantly professed his MPs are not afraid to go without their salaries. He said if mineworkers in Marikana can go without pay for several months, so can they.

Other opposition parties including the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), United Democratic Front (UDM) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have rejected the report as fundamentally flawed.