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EFF to take Parliamentary suspension to court

The National Assembly voted to suspend the MPs for chanting "pay back the money" in Parliament.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Friday confirmed it will go to court to challenge the suspension of its Members of Parliament (MP)s.

The party said this will take place as soon as parliamentarians receive their letters of suspension.

The National Assembly on Thursday evening voted to suspend EFF MPs for their role in chanting " pay back the money" to President Jacob Zuma during an August sitting.

The EFF said it hadn't received letters of suspension from Parliament and that it was going to wait for them before going to court.

The party also says it will never apologise for asking Zuma when he will pay back the money for upgrades to his Nkandla home.

The EFF says it is proud of its MPs for restoring teeth to Parliamentary oversight and it has no doubt a sober judge with no "Luthuli House mandate will rule in their favour."

EFF leader Julius Malema and fellow MPs have been suspended from Parliament for between 14 and 30 days, without pay.

Eight EFF MPs will have to make apologies in the house and forfeit their salary for two weeks.

Malema and Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu are among those suspended for 30 days.

But the EFF leader has made light of the punishment.

"We do not have a problem with the outcomes of the committee because we have made peace with those outcomes long before they were announced here. They were predetermined."

Opposition parties on Thursday slammed the report as flawed, accusing the African National Congress (ANC) of using the Powers and Privileges Committee to serve its political ends.

Meanwhile, Parliament confirmed it sent letters of suspension and notices of fines to members of the EFF.

The suspensions take effect from Friday, which means MPs won't be allowed to attend the President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address when Parliament reopens.