EFF considers taking disciplinary battle to ConCourt

The EFF's attorney Luvuyo Godla says the party's legal team is weighing up the options.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema makes his representation to Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee in Cape Town, Tuesday, 7 October 2014. Also pictured is Floyd Shivambu (L). Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) wants to go to the Constitutional Court to challenge Parliament's sanctions against 20 EFF Members of Parliament (MPs).

The matter was supposed to have been heard in the Western Cape High Court today but behind the scenes wrangling between the EFF's attorney and Judge President John Hlophe appears to have caused a delay.

The EFF claims Hlophe has refused to allocate the matter to a presiding judge because the party was late in bringing the application to court.

South Africa's third largest political party says it wants to go to the constitutional court to challenge Parliament's sanctions.

A dozen EFF MPs, including party leader Julius Malema, were suspended from Parliament without pay for between 14 and 30 days.

Another eight were each fined two weeks' salary.

The EFF's attorney Luvuyo Godla says the party's legal team is weighing up the options.

"The client has already indicated they would want to apply for direct access to the Constitutional Court but obviously we as the legal team would first need to sit and weigh up our legal options."

Sanctions were imposed on the EFF MPs for disrupting president Jacob Zuma's question and answer time in the National Assembly by chanting "pay back the money", in reference to the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete had to adjourn the sitting of the House on 21 August when EFF MPs refused to sit down, after Malema asked Zuma when he would pay back the money spent on the upgrades.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's released a report on the R246 million spent on upgrades to Zuma's private Nkandla homestead.

Madonsela's report said Zuma had "benefitted 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.