- An ethics committee meeting regarding Floyd Shivambu's alleged assault of a journalist has been called off
- There were reportedly not enough MPs to meet the quorum for the meeting
- The issue relates to a video that emerged last year in which Shivambu has a altercation with a journalist
A meeting held by Parliament's ethics committee regarding the assault complaint against Floyd Shivambu has been cancelled after it failed to reach a quorum.
The meeting was set to consider a video released in March 2018 which shows Shivambu getting into a scuffle with journalist, Adrian de Kock.
The assault was initially going to be addressed by the committee last year, but this was postponed because a key witness was reportedly overseas.
The committee released a statement in which they said they were calling off the meeting after receiving legal advice that they would not have enough members present to meet the quorum.
The EFF has previously released a statement apologising for the Shivambu assault incident. Shivambu has also said he regretted his actions but denies that he assaulted de Kock. He also says that he was not aware that De Kock was a journalist, according to The Citizen.
When it first surfaced, the video was met with widespread condemnation. The SA National Editors' Forum and The Parliamentary Press Gallery Association, among other organisations, criticised Shivambu's behaviour, Briefly.co.za has learned.
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It seems that the ethic committee will postpone its consideration of the matter once again, although it has not yet said when it expects to hold another meeting for the purpose.
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