Malema, other EFF members, suspended from parliament for 30 days


The EFF in Limpopo labelled the ANC in the region sore losers.

CAPE TOWN - EFF leader Julius Malema, along with top party leaders, have been suspended from parliament without pay for 30 days, the maximum penalty.
Parliament&39;s powers and privileges committee has found 20 Economic Freedom Fighters MPs guilty on all charges stemming from their heckling of President Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla home.
EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu and his colleague Mpho Ramakatsa were found guilty on seven charges each, and EFF leader Julius Malema and the party&39;s spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on four charges each.
The rest of the group, who chanted "pay back the money" at Zuma in the National Assembly on August 21, were found guilty on between one and six charges, committee chairman Lemias Mashile told journalists at Parliament on Wednesday.
These charges range from refusing to obey an order by the Speaker to sit down or leave the chamber, to creating a disturbance in Parliament and interfering with the functions of the legislature.
"The EFF is not moved, neither is it bewildered by the verdict of this [Parliament&39;s powers and privileges] committee because its whole work was purely political and a mere fulfilment of the ANC mandate," it said in a statement.
"The EFF will further not appear for the mitigation of sanctions because it has from the beginning rejected the whole process as illegitimate and in violation of principles of natural justice."
The sentencing was handed down on Friday and has been divided into three categories.
Group one - the maximum penalty of suspended from parliament for 30 days and docked a month’s pay.
Julius Malema
Floyd Shivambu
Mpho Ramakatsa
Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi
Group two -  14 days suspension from parliament, with no pay
Reneiloe Mashabela
Sam Matiase
Hlengiwe Maxon
Magdalene Moonssamy
Andile Mngxitama
Group three – To apologise to parliament, 14 days of pay docked, which means they are not suspended
Bernard Joseph
Makoti Khawula
Asanda Matshobeni
Moses Mbatha
Kgotso Morapela
Nokulunga Sonti
Pumza Ntobogwana
Ntombovuyo  Mente-Nqweniso 
The committee will adopt these sanctions at a meeting on Monday, at which point the recommendation will go to National Assembly to be adopted and formally come into effect.

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