Malema vows to take Parliament to court

The EFF leader says his party will challenge any ruling made against it.

EFF leader Julius Malema on Thursday refused to retract his Marikana comments, despite a request by NCOP chairperson Thandi Modise. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Friday said his party would legally challenge any Parliamentary ruling made against it.

The fiery politician maintained he was telling the truth when he told Members of Parliament (MPs) the ANC government was responsible for killing Marikana mineworkers two years ago.

He made the comments during the first day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate in the National Assembly on Wednesday.

Malema on Thursday refused to retract his Marikana comments, despite a request by National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairperson Thandi Modise.

He was then kicked out of Parliament and his party staged a walkout in protest.

The EFF is now set to become the focus of a Parliamentary inquiry in terms of its rules and the code of conduct for MPs.

Modise, who was the North West premier at the time on the Marikana bloodbath, said the conduct of EFF MPs during the walkout couldn't be ignored.

But Malema's questioned Modise's neutrality, saying she's an ANC member.

"We think Modise was biased and she's acting on behalf of her party. We anticipated that response."

The firebrand politician said there's nothing unparliamentarily about telling the truth.

"If the truth can't be told in Parliament, where else can it be told," Malema asked.

During a joint sitting of Parliament earlier today, proceedings were adjourned with Modise issuing a stern warning to the EFF leader.