EFF leader Julius Malema on Tuesday led his fellow MPs out of a disciplinary hearing against them after saying Parliament should instead charge Speaker Baleka Mbete for disrupting presidential question time in August.
“It is our considered view that Baleka Mbete should appear before this committee because she made illegal threats to members of the EFF,” Malema said in his representation to Parliament’s powers and privileges committee.
“It is our considered view that Baleka Mbete should be charged because the House collapsed due to the lack of patience and leadership as she concedes that ‘I lost it’.”
Mbete adjourned the National Assembly on August 21 and threatened to have EFF MPs forcibly removed from the chamber after they chanted “Pay back the money” at President Jacob Zuma, referring to R246 million in state funds spent on his private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.
The EFF MPs said they would have nothing further to do with the process in which they risk being suspended from Parliament for up to 14 working days if found guilty of disrupting the legislature.
EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told Sapa they would be indifferent to being tried in absentia.
“We don’t care,” he said as they left the venue singing.