EFF challenges members’ suspension without pay

2014-12-02 23:47

The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town will next week hear an application by the Economic Freedom Fighters challenging sanctions against its MPs.

"Notice of motion, among others, to interdict Parliament for suspending the salaries and allowances of 20 EFF Members for their role in disrupting proceedings of the National Assembly... was served yesterday [Monday]," said Parliament today.

Parliament intends to oppose the application when the matter is heard next Wednesday.

On Thursday night, the National Assembly adopted a report calling for the suspension of 12 EFF MPs.

The report recommended that EFF leader Julius Malema, Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu, Godrich Gardee, Mpho Ramakatsa, Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala, and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi be suspended without pay for 30 days.

Fellow EFF MPs Elsabe Louw, Ngwanamakwetle Mashabela, Nthako Matiase, Hlengiwe Maxon, Magdalene Moonsamy, and Andile Mngxitama, are to be suspended for a fortnight. Eight more EFF MPs were ordered to submit a verbal apology to the House.

On Friday night, Parliament said letters of suspension and notices of fines had been sent to the EFF MPs.

The 30-day suspensions are set to expire on December 28, while the 14-day suspensions expire on December 12.

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