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EFF interdict dismissed

An urgent interdict launched by the EFF was dismissed by the Western Cape High Court last night.

FILE: The EFF are accused of disrupting Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in the National Assembly.  Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - An urgent interdict launched by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to put on hold Parliaments inquiry into the unruly behaviour of 20 its Members of Parliament (MPs) was dismissed on Monday night.

Reports indicate Parliament postponed proceedings to next week to allow the interdict to take its course before proceedings will commence.

The EFF told Eyewitness News it won't subject its MPs to a biased disciplinary process.

Julius Malema's party went to the Western Cape High Court on Monday in an attempt to interdict a hearing of Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee that will investigate the conduct of the 20 MP's.

They're accused of disrupting President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in the National Assembly on 21 August.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had to adjourn the sitting of the House when EFF MPs refused to sit down, Malema asked Zuma when he would pay back the money spent on upgrading his Nkandla homestead.

The chanting was a reference to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the R246 million spent on upgrades to Nkandla.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefited unduly" from some of the upgrades, which included a cattle enclosure and amphitheatre, and should pay back some of the costs of the unnecessary renovations.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says, "The whole process is tainted, it is bias and it is a kangaroo court."

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the committee says the hearing is scheduled to start this morning behind closed doors.

The African National Congress' Lemias Mashile says the EFF MP's will be asked to plead to the charges against them.

"The general charges are simply not aberrant to the rulings of the presiding officer refusing to leave the house and actually causing a disturbance."

Mbete has asked the committee to find out whether their conduct amounts to contempt of Parliament.

She wants it to report back as soon as possible.

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