EFF welcomes ConCourt ruling on police in Parliament

The court yesterday upheld a ruling that police officers may not remove MPs from the National Assembly.

Julius Malema and other EFF members dance and sing at parliament after they were thrown out of the State of the Nation Address 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has welcome a Constitutional Court ruling upholding the finding that National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete's use of police officers to remove Members of Parliament (MPs) from the house is unconstitutional.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) took the issue to court last year after the red berets were removed from Parliament for interrupting President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address.

Yesterday, Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga explained that the process of Parliament can only be meaningful if MPs are given room to freely make their points and express their opinions.

He ordered that Section 11 of the Powers and Privileges Act be amended, to include the words 'other than a member' after the word 'person'.

This means that police will no longer be allowed to remove MPs while the National Assembly is in session.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says this is a victory.

"We told them already that even in the review of the rules, we indicated that it would be unconstitutional. We need to make constitutional sound laws for ourselves as well as for the country."

He says the EFF will continue to be loud and robust in Parliament.

"We refuse to be silenced."

LISTEN: ConCourt rules that MPs can't be thrown out of the chamber using police officers.