Malema wants his suspension from Parliament declared illegal

The EFF leader was forcibly removed from the chambers & subsequently suspended for five days.

FILE: A screengrab of members of parliamentary protection services removing EFF leader Julius Malema from the National Assembly on 9 September 2015 after he refused to withdraw his comment that deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was a murderer.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his party wants to challenge a Parliamentary rule which allows members to be physically assaulted and removed for making certain statements.

Malema was forcibly removed from the chamber last week after refusing to withdraw his statement about Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's role in the Marikana killings.

Parties agreed to institute disciplinary action against the EFF leader for causing a disruption, and he was subsequently suspended.

During a briefing today, Malema emphasised that the National Assembly has irregularly passed this rule.

"The presiding officer even went to an extent of arbitrarily suspending me for five days without any due process having been followed."

He says, "We have since approached the court to declare the suspension illegal, to rescind the rule whose role is to intimidate Members of Parliament."