Parliament, Friday, 1 December 2023 – The Powers and Privileges Committee today adopted its report on the allegations of conduct constituting contempt of Parliament by six Members of the National Assembly during the State of the Nation Address on 9 February 2023.

The allegations of conduct constituting contempt of Parliament against the six Members of Parliament was referred to the committee by the Speaker of the National Assembly on 7 September 2023. The committee met for the first time to consider the matter on 26 September 2023 and has met five times to consider the matter.

The committee recommended that the National Assembly impose certain penalties on the affected Members of Parliament. The penalties include an order to apologise in person in the House to the President, the Speaker and the people of South Africa as determined by the House as set out in section 12(5)(c) of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act 4 of 2004.

The committee has also recommended an order to suspend the six Members of Parliament without remuneration for a period of 30 days, whether or not the House or any of its committees is scheduled to meet during that period starting from 1 to 29 February 2024 as set out in section 12(5)(g) read with section 12(9) of the Act.

The report will now be tabled and will appear on the Order Paper on Tuesday for consideration by the National Assembly. The House will then decide to adopt or reject the report.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE POWERS AND PRIVILEGES COMMITTEE, MS VIOLET SIWELA

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