The EFF and Parliament - walk-ins to walk-outs?

Tuesday reports state that Economic Freedom Fighter MPs charged by Parliament's Powers and Privileges Commitee, staged a walkout during disciplinary proceedings. The implicated 20 MPs have appeared in front of the committee for heckling President Jacob Zuma in Parliament in mid-August.

EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi maintains they in fact haven't staged another 'walk out':

To paint it as a walkout is to make a mistake of treating it (with) the same brush as any other walking out. Remember the 20 MPs are not members of the Powers and Privileges Committee. As a matter of fact, there is still an EFF member who was not charged within that the Powers and Privileges Committee as it continues its work. So we’ve renounced it because we could not be a part of undermining our own constitutional rights and the broader constitution of South Africa. This is not an ordinary meeting of Parliament, it’s us being charged. We’ve got the right to appear in front of a fair trial, in front of a judge who will not be biased.

Powers and Privileges Committee Chair Lemias Mashile meanwhile maintains that proceedings have been anything but biased:

The committee members will at the end of the day be the judges. The proceedings aremeant to be conducted by an initiator with the members charged. The initiator is an outside attorney that has been appointed by the (Powers and Privileges) committee and the committee sitting there can either ask questions for clarity or otherwise keeping quiet for the initiator to proceed when he leads the evidence.Therefore the assertion there will be biasness does not arise at all. Any hearing is conducted within procedures and systems that have been designed – if adhered to – then they are bound to produce a fair trial.

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