Malema willing to take suspension to court

The EFF leader has been suspended from Parliament for five days after calling Cyril Ramaphosa 'a murderer'.

A screengrab of EFF leader Julius Malema in Parliament on 9 September when he called deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa a murderer.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) leader Julius Malema's has taken to Twitter saying that he's willing to go to court to challenge his suspension from Parliament.

Let's meet in court,will never surrender to the apartheid tactics used by the murderous regime of the ANC. #Asijiki

Malema was kicked out of and then suspended from Parliament for five days after refusing to withdraw remarks he made about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during a snap debate on the Marikana massacre, when he referred to him as a 'murderer'.

The suspension has since has been welcomed by the African National Congress (ANC).

But the Democratic Alliance (DA) says National Assembly House Chairperson Grace Boroto applied the wrong rule when she had Malema forcibly removed from the chamber on Wednesday.

Malema was as defiant as ever and it got him suspended.

When Boroto asked, "Are you going to withdraw, honourable Malema?"

The EFF leader responded by saying, "Cyril Ramaphosa is a murderer."

More than a dozen non-uniformed members of the Parliamentary Protection Services were called in to physically remove Malema from the chamber.

WATCH: _Ejection & suspension for Malema over 'murder' rant _

But the DA's John Steenhuisen says that shouldn't have happened.

"There was no disruption to the proceedings, there was no threat to anybody's life here."

Malema's removal was in terms of a new National Assembly rule to deal with disruptive Members of Parliament.

A multi-party committee must now be convened to look into the circumstances surrounding Malema's removal.


Earlier on Wednesday, Ramaphosa was challenged by DA leader Mmusi Maimane on what he was doing to ensure there was political action against those found to have acted corruptly by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

"What are you going to do to ensure there's political accountability? We can blame officials, we can put systems, but the fact is, politicians get away with corruption."

Ramaphosa insisted that corruption is a scourge affecting most countries and that not only government but also big business need to fight it.

"As I indicated, corruption is a social and economic ill that we all need to fight and it's an ill that many counties are having to deal with."