Suspension without pay and fines for EFF MPs who disrupted Gordhan

A parliamentary committee has recommended sanctions against 16 EFF MPs who disrupted Pravin Gordhan's budget speech in 2019

31 March 2021 - 19:35
By Ernest Mabuza
Parliament's powers and privileges committee has recommended sanctions of a suspension without pay for two EFF MPs who disrupted Pravin Gordhan's budget vote speech in 2019. The committee recommended fines for 14 other EFF MPs. File photo.
Image: ESA ALEXANDER/SUNDAY TIMES Parliament's powers and privileges committee has recommended sanctions of a suspension without pay for two EFF MPs who disrupted Pravin Gordhan's budget vote speech in 2019. The committee recommended fines for 14 other EFF MPs. File photo.

Two EFF MPs who stormed the podium when public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his budget vote speech on July 11 2019 should be suspended without pay for no longer than 30 days.

Fourteen other EFF MPs who were part of a group who disrupted the speech should receive a fine not more than an equivalent of a month's salary.

These recommendations were made by parliament's powers and privileges committee, and announced on Wednesday.

The committee met on Wednesday to consider mitigating and aggravating factors, as well as the appropriate penalties, relating to the 2019 incident. The EFF MPs had already been found guilty of contempt.

None of the MPs attended their three-day disciplinary hearing.

In a statement, the committee said it accepted the arguments and the submissions of the external initiator, advocate Ncumisa Mayosi, who was appointed to lead evidence against the conduct of the EFF members.

The committee recommended to the National Assembly a sanction of suspension without remuneration not exceeding 30 days for Nthako Matiase and Primrose Sonti.

Regarding the 14 other EFF MPs, the committee agreed to recommend a sanction of a fine not exceeding the equivalent of one month’s salary and allowances. These MPs are Khonziwe Hlonyana, Rosina Komane, Khanya Ceza, Makosini Chabangu, Thokozani Langa, Brian Madlingozi, Mathibe Mohlala, Mothusi Montwedi, Thembi Msane, Dumisani Mthenjane, Nazier Paulsen, Henry Shembeni, Mathapelo Siwisa and Lorato Tito.

The committee noted the objection of EFF MP Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi to the initiator’s submissions on appropriate penalties and the committee’s recommendations.

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