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‘EFF case was struck off the roll because it wasn’t urgent’

The party wanted to prevent Baleka Mbete from having its MPs physically removed from the house.

FILE: EFF Leader Julius Malema. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape High Court has struck off the roll the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s application to have the speaker of the National Assembly interdicted from evicting the party's Members of Parliament (MPs) during the president's question and answer session this afternoon.

The EFF wanted to prevent Baleka Mbete from having its parliamentarians physically removed from the house.

The application also sought to postpone Zuma's appearance in the house until the speaker guaranteed there'll will be no physical violence of any sort against members of the opposition for anything said in the National Assembly.

Earlier this month, Mbete called in security officials to forcibly remove 16 EFF MPs from the National Assembly.

Chaos ensued with some parliamentarians being dragged kicking and screaming from the chamber.

In a statement, Parliament has explained that Judge Ashley Binns-Ward struck off the application on the basis that it wasn't urgent.

COPE TO CONTINUE STAY AWAY FROM PARLIAMENT

The Congress of the People (Cope) says its stay-away from Parliament will continue today.

The party, which has three seats in the house, announced its withdrawal from parliamentary activities in April over the African National Congress (ANC)'s refusal to act against Zuma for violating the Constitution.

Cope says it won't participate until the country's highest court provides clarity on how to proceed.

Spokesperson, Dennis Bloem says Cope MPs still deserve their paychecks.

"We think that we are representing our constituencies better than those who are sitting there and breaking the laws of this country and disobeying the Constitution of this country."

The Constitutional Court found the president failed to uphold, defend and respect the country's supreme law in his handling of the Nkandla saga.

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