EFF's IEC application dismissed

Judge Joseph Raulinga ruled the application wasn’t urgent and dismissed the matter with costs.

EFF members sing outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 5 March. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday dismissed an urgent application lodged by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The party lodged the interdict in a bid to prevent the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) from charging a deposit to submit candidate lists.

The EFF refuses to pay a R600,000 deposit while submitting its list for national elections.

The party argued the deposit is unconstitutional as the fees are designed to exclude poor people.

Judge Joseph Raulinga addressed the EFF's legal team for around five minutes, ruling the application by the leftist party wasn't urgent.

He dismissed the matter with costs, meaning the EFF will have to pay the state's legal fees.

Outside court, around 100 supporters sang struggle songs and chanted 'Juju' as EFF leader Julius Malema arrived.

EFF commissar for justice and special projects Advocate Dali Mpofu says the party will find a way to come up with the money.

"We won't sleep to make sure we don't disappoint the people who have faith in us."

While Malema says the party doesn't have any money, he assured his members he will register before Wednesday's 5pm deadline.