Court to rule on EFF sanctions interdict today

The party has applied for an interdict against Parliamentary sanctions.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court is today expected to deliver judgment in the application by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) for an urgent interdict against Parliamentary sanctions.

A majority-ANC Powers and Privileges committee found 20 EFF Members of Parliament (MPs) guilty of contempt of Parliament after they shouted 'pay back the money' during the president's question session in August.

The EFF wanted to know when the president would pay back part of the money spent on multi-million rand security upgrades to his private home in Nkandla.

EFF leader Julius Malema and his colleagues were slapped with a combination of suspensions and fines for disrupting the president in Parliament.

EFF MPs only attended the first day of their disciplinary hearing and walked out after Malema read out a submission on their behalf demanding the charges be dropped.

Determined to have the sanctions set aside, the EFF has taken the legal route.

Judge Dennis Davis will today rule on an urgent application brought by the party on Friday.