EFF to fight possible suspension from Parly

The EFF argues there’s no basis for them being suspended from Parliament for up to 14 days.

The EFF argues there’s no basis for them being suspended from Parliament for up to 14 days. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress in Parliament says Julius Malema is welcome to go to court over his possible suspension and that of his 24 fellow Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) members of Parliament (MPs).

The party says their suspension would be in terms of Parliament's rules, which are agreed to by all parties.

Malema is arguing there's no basis for them being suspended from Parliament for up to 14 days.

He says they will go to court unless speaker Baleka Mbete gives them an assurance that she won't ask the National Assembly to approve their suspension when it sits on Tuesday.

"We will give her time frame and if she fails to meet our time frame we will then approach the court."

But the ANC's Moloto Motapho says the EFF will get a free legal lesson if they go to court

"Going to court we believe, will serve them good, because they will get free lessons with regard to the procedures and rules of the National Assembly."

Malema is accusing the ANC of using the rules to fight its political battle with the red berets.

"Baleka Mbete is not a speaker of Parliament, she's the speaker of the ANC and she's doing everything in her power to protect the ANC and we are not going to allow that."

Malema says lawyers are already working on court papers.

Mbete wrote to the EFF MPs about their disruption of President Jacob Zuma's question time last Thursday.

Malema says they will be responding to Mbete's letters as he's also been thrown down the gauntlet.

"Our lawyers are working now on the responses of the letters and court papers."

Malema says Mbete did not name MPs or the party when she ordered them to leave the house and says they only started chanting #PayBackTheMoney after she had suspended proceedings

"So when the people started chanting #PayBackTheMoney, there was no disturbance because there was no session in place. She had suspended the session."

At one point, riot police were sent in to the National Assembly to remove the EFF.

If suspended, EFF MPs will be barred from entering Parliament's precinct or taking part in its programmes without the speaker's permission.