DA applies for interdict against Parliament

The DA says police acted illegally and unconstitutionally by forcibly removing the EFF from the chamber.

DA MPs congratulate their Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane on his 'broken man, broken country' speech during the Sona 2015 debate. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has officially filed papers in the Western Cape High Court applying for an interdict against Parliament using police to remove Members of Parliament (MPs) from the National Assembly.

This follows the forced removal of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs from the house during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday.

Video: New footage of EFF removal. Footage courtesy of PowerFM.

The DA's James Selfe said the actions by presiding officers Baleka Mbete and Thandi Modise were unconstitutional, adding that EFF members made legitimate points during Sona.

They asked President Jacob Zuma when he was going to pay back some of the money spent on his Nkandla home as instructed by the public protector.

Selfe said police acted illegally and unconstitutionally by forcibly removing them from the chamber.

He added that they've notified both presiding officers about the legal action against them.

The matter will be heard next month.


Meanwhile, amid fierce criticism of Zuma in the National Assembly, the DA on Tuesday said the battle lines were being drawn in a new struggle for freedom.

Proceedings at Tuesday's Sona debate unfolded relatively calmly compared to last week's mayhem.

Zuma came under fierce attack with the opposition saying he should be held accountable for the current state of the nation.

With the president looking on, DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane didn't hold back.

"For you honourable president are not an honourable man, you're a broken man presiding over a broken society."

He criticised the president's actions following the EFFs expulsion.

"You laughed while the people of South Africa cried for their beloved country. You laughed while trampling Madiba's legacy in the week we celebrated 25 years of his release."

Video: 'Mr president you broke Parliament'.