ANC welcomes EFF court bid

Johannesburg - The ANC Chief Whip's office on Thursday welcomed the decision of the Economic Freedom Fighters MPs to challenge their looming suspension from Parliament in court.

"We believe that approaching the court will provide them with the necessary lessons on parliamentary rules and procedures," spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said.

"We are confident that the court would educate them that Parliament, as an independent institution, is empowered by the Constitution to determine and control its internal arrangements, proceedings and procedures and to make rules and orders concerning its business."

He said these rules, endorsed by all parties, were necessary for the preservation of the dignity and decorum of Parliament.

"In this regard, the judiciary may not be used to unnecessarily meddle in the internal processes of the other independent arm of government," he said.

Last Thursday, the EFF defied orders from Speaker Baleka Mbete to leave the National Assembly after they disrupted presidential question time. They chanted "pay back the money", referring to the recommendation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela in her report on President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead.

EFF leader Julius Malema said the party would go to court to oppose their looming suspension from Parliament.

All 25 EFF MPs received formal letters from Mbete asking them to motivate why they should not be suspended from Parliament for disrupting the sitting.

Malema said EFF MPs were responding to Mbete's letters of warning through their lawyers, and giving her a deadline by which to assure them that she would not move a motion next week calling for their suspension.

Should she fail to give that undertaking, the lawyers would approach the high court for an urgent interdict barring the legislature from suspending them for the threatened seven to 14 days.

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Membaks Member 2014-08-28 09:12:31 PM
This is really bad, a political organisation is responding on behalf of parliament. I think they confuse a Government and Parliament. This shows that this decision was taken by someone else other than the Speaker hence a response by a polical party in defence of the decision.
Jerry Medina 2014-08-28 09:18:25 PM
"We are confident that the court would educate them that Parliament, as an independent institution, is empowered by the Constitution to determine and control its internal arrangements, proceedings and procedures and to make rules and orders concerning its business." In this case harboring and protecting know criminals and interpreting the constitution to loot and steal from the people of South Africa. Thanks to EFF it is not going to be business as usual. Why is ANC responding on Parliament issues if it is supposed to be impartial? tsek
Dirk Engelbrecht 2014-08-28 09:20:22 PM
And Zuma should motivate why he STILL HASN'T replied to the PP's report...
Jerry Medina 2014-08-28 09:22:00 PM
My only worry is all so called opposition parties had been handling ANC with kids gloves. Are they there only to earn their salaries or represent their voters We only demand constitutional democracy and nothing else. The PP have asked for money to be paid back and the question is 'When are you paying back the money'? Not hard to understand.
Peter McNamara 2014-08-28 09:23:26 PM
What about the constitutional rights of the ppl of SA Mr President
gunnshot 2014-08-28 09:25:11 PM
The EFF are a bunch of mongrels that are now nipping at the heels of the bigger pack. Not one real leader amongst them. What a sham!
Mlu Zulu 2014-08-28 09:31:55 PM
The parliament proceedings and rules are for ANC to raise points of orders when the opposition is asking difficult questions so that their corrupt president can dodge questions and giggle afterwards,Zuma is compromised period
Thabo Victor 2014-08-28 09:44:27 PM
For how long must we wait for the Zuma to respond on nkandla? Instead the ANC is shifting the focus by attacking the EFF. Why is Mantashe interfering on parliament isues, thi shows that Mbethe is sent to defent Zuma.
Rodgers Mabasa 2014-08-28 09:48:15 PM
With Moegoe Moegoe ANC is covered.
John Jessup 2014-08-28 09:48:59 PM
There are only two methods deployed to try and settle differences by most of SA's politicians. Firstly, you have a media fight. If that fails then you go legal. What happened trying to get around a table to discuss the matters first to try and reach some sort of accord or have we not yet evolved to that level?