EFF files papers challenging suspension

The EFF wants a judge to review & set aside the verdict by Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema is seen leaving Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, 21 August 2014 with EFF MPs. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court to have their suspensions set aside.

Last week, the National Assembly adopted the Powers and Privileges Committee's report which found 20 EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) guilty of contempt of Parliament after they shouted " pay back the money" during President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in August.

The chanting was reference to upgrades at the president's Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.

A dozen of them were suspended without pay for between 14 and 30 days.

The EFF said it would go to court to challenge the suspensions and it has.

The party has filed papers in the Western Cape high Court. It wants a judge to review and set aside the guilty verdict by Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee.

The party is reportedly also calling for National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to be removed from her job.

Parliament says it will oppose the application.

The matter has been set down for argument on 10 December.

The suspensions took effect last month, which means MPs won't be allowed to attend the President's State of the Nation Address when Parliament reopens.

Opposition parties on Thursday slammed the report finding the EFF MPs guilty of contempt of Parliament as flawed, accusing the African National Congress (ANC) of using the powers and privileges committee to serve its political ends.

But after an attempted EFF filibuster saw temperatures rise, the report was adopted.