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DA look forward to robust debate without being removed from Parly

The DA says the ConCourt ruling will allow for robust and confident debate on contentious issues facing SA.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says a Constitutional Court ruling preventing police from removing Members of Parliament (MPs) from the National Assembly, will allow for robust and confident debate on contentious issues facing the country, including the controversial Gupta family and Cabinet appointments.

Yesterday, the highest court in the land ordered that police will no longer be allowed to eject MPs while the National Assembly is in session.

The DA took the issue to court last year, after Economic Freedom Fighters MPs were removed from Parliament, for interrupting President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address.

The party's deputy chief whip Michael Waters says the party feels vindicated.

"There are many contentious issues in South Africa like the nuclear arms deal, the involvement of the Guptas and the appointment of Cabinet ministers. As

At the same time, Congress of the People has welcomed the Constitutional Court's dismissal of the speakers appeal with cost, saying it highlights what it calls the arrogance and undemocratic nature of the anc.

But the party says it will not tolerate any unruly behaviour in Parliament that incapacitates proceedings.