Parly report likely to result in EFF MPs suspension

EFF accused of deliberately disrupting Parliament

The evidence leader of the committee looking into misconduct charges against 20 Economic Freedom Fighters says they deliberately disrupted Parliament. Chaos erupted in August when several EFF members interrupted President Jacob Zuma's speech,.

CAPE TOWN - A report likely to result in the suspension of Economic Freedom Fighters MPs from Parliament for up to 30 days will finally be tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday.

It was confirmed at a meeting of political parties&39; chief whips on Tuesday, Democratic Alliance Chief Whip John Steenhuisen told Sapa.

Steenhuisen said the session, the last for the year, would be brief, suggesting that there would be no debate on the report from the legislature&39;s powers and privileges committee.

Instead parties will be allowed to make declarations before the report is put to the vote.

The committee found 20 MPs from the EFF guilty on a range of charges stemming from their heckling of President Jacob Zuma over his Nkandla homestead on August 21.

ANC sources said the tabling of the report was the reason for the special sitting, as a truce brokered by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa which would have granted the EFF a reprieve has fallen apart.

On Monday, Ramaphosa met opposition leaders for the second time in less than a week and blamed the breakdown on the DA&39;s insistence on proceeding with a motion last week accusing Zuma of failing to account to the National Assembly every parliamentary quarter.

"[This] departed from the spirit around which the deal was struck and we also said that we must now allow processes in Parliament to unfold," Ramaphosa told reporters after the meeting.

In terms of the truce, Parliament would have held back the report while parties looked for a political solution to the strife.

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