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Lekota loses court case

The court has dismissed Mosioua Lekota's case challenging his removal from the National Assembly.

The court has dismissed Mosioua Lekota's case challenging his removal from the National Assembly.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has dismissed Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosioua Lekota's case challenging his ousting from the National Assembly.

Lekota twice got into trouble with National Assembly Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo in 2012 for comments he made about President Jacob Zuma.

In the first instance, Lekota accused Zuma of violating his oath of office for failing to protect artist Brett Murray's rights.

In October, he was again booted out of Parliament because he refused to withdraw another criticism of the president.

Lekota went to court to challenge Mfeketo's ruling, but the case was dismissed.

Cope's Lyndall Shope-Mafole says, "We are looking into the judgment and we're not happy with it. We believe it is a wrong judgment, but we respect it and we are taking legal advice on how to move forward."

Meanwhile, The ANC in Parliament said it is happy with the court's decision.

ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says, "The tendency of some Members of Parliament and opposition parties to run to the courts, at the slightest provocation without exhausting existing parliamentary structures to resolve problems, is unnecessary."