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Parly, Lekota head for legal showdown

Cope leader Mosioua Lekota believes he has a strong case against the speaker of Parliament.

COPE President Mosioua Lekota. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosioua Lekota on Friday said he believes he has a strong case against the speaker and deputy speaker of Parliament.

He was referring to legal action taken against him for his condemnation of President Jacob Zuma's handling of 'The Spear' debacle.

The Cope leader lambasted the president for not protecting controversial artist Brett Murray and City Press Editor Ferial Haffajee's right to freedom of expression.

Murray's controversial portrait caused uproar after it showed Zuma with his genitals exposed.

The painted was later defaced at Johannesburg's Goodman Gallery.

Both Zuma and the ANC argued the painting was "distasteful, vulgar, indecent and disrespectful".

Lekota was ordered to leave the National Assembly after he refused to apologise for accusing the president of violating his oath of office.

Parliament has indicated it will challenge Lekota in court.

He said he is not surprised by the latest move.

"Initially, I wrote a letter to the speaker and advised she was wrong and stated my case. I told her if she did not retract her ruling, I'd go to court. She indicated they were going to defend the matter."