Malema: EFF will not allow ANC to militarise Parliament

Malema was forcibly removed from the chamber for calling Cyril Ramaphosa a 'murderer'.

FILE: The Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the party will not allow the ruling party to militarise Parliament and is taking action to declare his suspension illegal.

Malema was forcibly removed from the chamber last week after he refused to withdraw his statement about deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's role in the Marikana killings.

Parties agreed to institute disciplinary action against Malema for causing a disruption and he was subsequently suspended.

During a press briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday, Malema said freedom of speech should never be suppressed.

"The EFF will fight against all unjust parliamentary rules that seeks to suppress freedom of expression and will forever remind the presiding officers that we are not guests of [President Jacob] Zuma and Baleka Mbete in Parliament. But we are elected representatives with maximum freedom of speech."

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Yesterday, the African National Congress (ANC) surrendered to opposition members of Parliament(MPs) who've insisted that house chairperson Grace Boroto's decision to eject Malema from the National Assembly be reviewed.

The ANC and the Democratic Alliance (DA) clashed during yesterday's National Assembly rules committee meeting over the mandate of the as-of-yet to be established multi-party committee to look into the circumstances surrounding Malema's removal.

The DA's John Steenhuisen said, "No ruling of a presiding officer is completely unreviewable. It would be completely crazy to do so and given the partisan nature of many of the presiding officers in Parliament, I think it would be foolhardy to accept that their rulings are not challengeable."

The appointment of the committee would need to be by a resolution of the National Assembly which is only likely to happen in late October.