Malema, EFF MPs suspended for heckling Zuma

JOHANNESBURG - South African opposition party leader Julius Malema and 11 of his MPs have been suspended from parliament without pay for heckling the president.

During a parliamentary address by President Jacob Zuma in August, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members had chanted "pay back the money".

They were referring to the use of some $23m (£14m) of state money to upgrade Mr Zuma's private home in Nkandla.

Earlier this month, parliament absolved him of any wrongdoing over the affair.

The EFF says it will fight the suspensions, which range from 14 to 30 days, in court.

The sanctions follow an investigation by a parliamentary committee into the EFF members' conduct.

On Thursday night, the National Assembly adopted its recommendations.

Another eight EFF MPs were ordered to apologise to the house and forfeit two weeks' salary.

A one-time ally of the president, Mr Malema formed the EFF last year following his expulsion from the governing African National Congress (ANC) in 2012.

The party has 25 MPs in the 400-member parliament, calls for radical policies to ease poverty and has been very critical of Mr Zuma over the Nkandla affair.

In March, the country's corruption investigator said Mr Zuma had "unduly benefited" from the improvements at his rural residence and recommended he repay money used on non-security features, including a swimming pool, cattle enclosure and chicken run.

The government has always argued that the work was needed to improve security.

Comments (1)

JUST AS OUR PRESIDENT RGM MUST SUSPENT THESE BABOON MDC THUGS WHO ALWAYS MAKE NOISE IN PAL

mapingire we belingwe - 17 December 2014

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