DA happy with decision to look into Malema's ejection from NA

The committee will look at the circumstances surrounding the EFF leader’s removal from the chamber.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the fact that Parliament Rules Committee will soon look into Julius Malema's ejection from the National Assembly is a step in the right direction.

The multi-party committee will look at the circumstances surrounding the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader's removal from the chamber on Wednesday by members of the Parliamentary Protection Services.

He was forced out after refusing to withdraw the remarks he made about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during a debate on the Marikana tragedy, when he called him a murderer.

When House Chairperson Grace Boroto ordered Malema to leave the House, he refused and was ejected.

Malema's become the first casualty of a new rule adopted by the National Assembly to clamp down on Members Parliament who disrupt proceedings or pose a physical threat to other members.

DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen says Malema's removal was a misapplication of the rules and the committee must look into it

"So I've no doubt that when it comes there will be a proper and full discussion on the fact that the rule that was applied was never intended for the circumstances for which the chairperson deployed it."

Malema became the first casualty of a new rule to clamp down on defiant Members of Parliament who disrupt proceedings.

Last month, EFF said it had filed papers in the Western Cape High Court in a bid to have the new rule declared unlawful.

Meanwhile, the EFF said its leader was not disrupting the proceedings of the house when he was ejected from the National Assembly.

He has been suspended for five working days.