Parly to be scrutinised for using police on MPs
It comes after EFF MPs were dragged out of the National Assembly by police during the Sona.
CAPE TOWN - Legislation which allows Parliament to call in police to remove or arrest disruptive Members of Parliament (MP's) will come under scrutiny in the Western Cape High Court today.
It comes after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs were dragged out of the National Assembly chamber by police and security personnel during the State of the Nation Address (Sona) last month for interrupting President Jacob Zuma's speech. WATCH: EFF MPs removed
WATCH: EFF MPs removed
Last month, the Democratic Alliance (DA) officially filed papers in the Western Cape High Court applying for an interdict against Parliament using police to remove MPs.
The official opposition feels police acted illegally and unconstitutionally by forcibly removing the MPs from the chamber.
The party's James Selfe says, "At issue is whether section 11 of the Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament Act is Constitutional and whether the security services are constitutionally able to effect an arrest of an MP."