Julius Malema seeks legal advice after Parliament ruling

2014-06-20 15:29

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema vowed to challenge in court any sanction imposed on him by Parliament.

Speaking at a media briefing today after National Council of Provinces chairperson Thandi Modise’s warning that Malema could face disciplinary steps, he said his party was taking legal advice.

“We’ll take it to court. There is nothing wrong with this [statement that the] ANC government murdered people in Marikana,” Malema said.

“At least in court we’ll get a neutral person who is not an ANC deployee.”

Malema accused Modise of being biased in favour of the governing party.

“We are not going to be threatened,” he said.

Modise’s ruling this morning overshadowed President Jacob Zuma’s response to the state of the nation debate.

Modise, who chaired the joint sitting for the last stretch of the debate, said an EFF MP had behaved unacceptably as Malema had led colleagues from the National Assembly chamber last night. She hinted that the member could be disciplined.

“While leaving, disruptive and unacceptable behaviour was demonstrated by a member of those honourable members,” Modise said, without naming the particular MP.

“This could very well be a matter that could reside under the mandate of the powers and privileges committee.”

The Powers, Privileges and Immunities of Parliament Act provides for a member to be suspended, fined or forced to apologise if it is found that he or she showed contempt for the legislature.

Modise said she would consult the Hansard records and recordings of the debate and consult Speaker Baleka Mbete about the incident.

Malema insisted he felt no shame for his remarks during his maiden speech in the legislature.

The defiant EFF leader insisted he would not withdraw his statement that “the ANC government massacred the people in Marikana”.

The statement led to the EFF’s walkout as Modise last night ruled that it was unparliamentary because it implied the government, which is made up of MPs, was guilty of murder and ordered Malema to withdraw it.

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