EFF's Floyd Shivambu facing Parly ethics committee over journo assault

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu was caught on camera roughing up Netwerk24 photographer Adrian de Kock at the parliamentary precinct in March this year.

FILE: A screengrab shows Media24's Adrian de Kock being assaulted by EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu on Tuesday 20 March 2018. Picture: @JasonFelix/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF)’s deputy president Floyd Shivambu is appearing before Parliaments joint committee on ethics on Wednesday to answer to an assault charge on a journalist.

Shivambu was caught on camera roughing up _Netwerk24 _photographer Adrian de Kock at the parliamentary precinct in March this year.

He later apologised but De Kock laid assault charges against him.

Shivambu was captured on camera with his hand on the throat of De Kock while another man also has his hands on him and his camera. A third man is standing by.

After the incident, De Kock said he went over to Shivambu to get a comment from him about the disciplinary hearing of former Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille which was taking place in the nearby Marks Building at the time, when Shivambu attacked him.

According to committee rules, De Kock's not allowed to have a lawyer present at the closed-door meeting.

A request by Parliamentary Press Gallery Association to attend the meeting has also been refused by the co-chairpersons of the committee.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)