No quorum for Parliament's ethics committee to meet about Shivambu's attack on journalist

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More than a year after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) deputy president and chief whip Floyd Shivambu attacked Netwerk24 photographer Adrian de Kock, Parliament's ethics sub-committee has cancelled a meeting scheduled for Thursday to consider the matter, citing uncertainty about reaching a quorum. Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests, Omie Singh, on Wednesday said in a statement that the committee had obtained legal advice that a sub-committee "must also have a certain number of Members to reach a quorum".

"Due to the fact that Parliament has risen and that Members of Parliament (MPs) are busy with constituency and elections work, the committee was uncertain if it will get the required number of MPs that are required to reach this quorum to come to Parliament to consider the matter," reads the statement. News24 previously reported that Shivambu was in March of 2018 filmed with his hand around the throat of De Kock.De Kock said he had gone over to Shivambu to get a comment about the disciplinary hearing of then-Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille, when he was attacked.

The EFF deputy president went on to apologise for his attack, calling his behaviour "inappropriate".Shivambu, later that day, acknowledged that the "scuffle" had happened, but said it "was never an assault on the journalist or media freedom".KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter"I regret the incident and believe it should have been handled differently. I take full responsibility and apologise for engaging in a scuffle with a person I discovered after the incident is a journalist," he said in a statement."Whilst I was in a hurry to attend the committee meeting, I accept that my impatience with the gentleman was inappropriate.

"A written apology was also extended via a statement from the EFF.

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