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Malema 'didn't break any rules' when blaming ANC for Marikana

Malema maintains his statements were in line with his constitutional right to freedom of speech.

FILE:  EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema's lawyer has argued his client did not break the rules of Parliament when blaming the African National Congress (ANC) for the deaths of 34 Marikana miners in 2012.

Malema was kicked out of a joint sitting in June after he claiming the ANC killed the 34 miners in the Marikana massacre on 16 August 2012.

The controversial politician has taken National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson, Thandi Modise, to court in a bid to have his ejection from Parliament declared unlawful.

Malema's lawyer, Wim Trengove, argued his client's actions were not unparliamentary as stated by the NCOP chair.

In court papers, Malema maintains his statements were in line with his constitutional right to freedom of speech.

Trengove said the order for Malema to leave the house embarrassed the EFF.

The court has also heard that it's regarded unparliamentarily to make personal attacks on an individual or party.

This is a separate matter to the disciplinary action against Malema and 19 other EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) for disrupting President Jacob Zuma's question session in August.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had to adjourn the sitting of the house.

The chanting was a reference to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the R246 million spent on upgrades to Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

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