Parliament to seek legal opinion on EFF disruptions

Parliament to seek legal opinion on EFF disruptions

Parliament will get legal opinions on two disruptions involving the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

Fists fly as EFF removed from Parliament again

At the State of the Nation Address in January, the EFF delayed the start of proceedings by objecting to the presence of former president FW de Klerk.

The party’s MP also disrupted Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget vote speech by storming the stage.

"The external legal opinion was expected to clarify two points, whether the conduct by members on the day constitutes misconduct, and whether the Powers and Privileges Committee has jurisdiction in considering this matter as referred to it by the Speaker of the National Assembly," says the chair of Parliament’s powers and privileges committee Philly Mapulane.

He says members of the committee have viewed the footage and have managed to identify the MPs who disrupted Gordhan’s speech.

 "The external initiator will assist the committee by drafting charges and the alleged members afforded an opportunity to make representations.”  

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