Parly agrees to pay back the EFF’s money

A court interdict prevents sanctions from being imposed on 20 EFF MPs found guilty of misconduct.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - An interdict granted in favour of 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) is interim, Parliament said on Tuesday.

Judge Dennis Davis earlier granted the EFF's application to prevent the Powers and Privileges Committee from implementing sanctions against its members, pending the outcome of another legal challenge.

The ruling means the EFF MPs in question will have to be paid their salaries immediately.

Twelve MPs were suspended without pay for between 14 and 30 days for disrupting President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in the National Assembly in August.

MPs chanted " pay back the money," referring to the multi-million rand security upgrades at the President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Another eight EFF MPs were fined two weeks' salary.

Parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs said the MPs would be paid what they're owed.

"The process will have to be activated with immediate effect."

The EFF's Nazier Paulsen says MPs can now go back to work.

"They can do the work they were mandated to do."

Davis was at pains to emphasise that he was not making a determination on whether the EFF MPs deserved the sanctions.

He said this was for another court to decide at a later stage.

The judge said the EFF had made a case for interim relief.