ANC chief whip welcomes failure of EFF's 'frivolous interdict'

2016-05-17 11:25
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Cape Town – The EFF's urgent application to have the National Assembly Speaker interdicted from evicting them during Parliament's question session was frivolous, the ANC said on Tuesday.

Welcoming the decision by the Western Cape High Court to strike the matter off the roll as not urgent, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu said the EFF wanted carte blanche to disrupt the sitting.

On Tuesday afternoon, President Jacob Zuma will answer questions in the National Assembly.

Mthembu said in a statement that, throughout the case, the EFF had attempted to "cajole the judiciary into being party to  its unconstitutional and silly decision not to recognise the office of the president".

"We welcome the decision of the court as it once again affirms the right of Parliament to determine its own conventions, procedures and proceedings in terms of the Constitution without interference, consistent with the doctrine of separation of powers," he said.

He said the EFF wanted to disrupt the sitting and deny other parties and Parliament the constitutional functions to hold the head of the executive to account.

On Monday, Parliament said that Judge Ashley Binns-Ward had struck the application off the roll on the basis that it was not urgent.

According to Parliament, the EFF also wanted to have the session postponed until Speaker Baleka Mbete had given the court an assurance that there would be no violence against any opposition party MPs for anything they said in the National Assembly.

"When the EFF wrote to the Speaker on 11 May, seeking certain undertakings, the office of the Speaker had indicated that she and all other presiding officers have always acted in terms of the rules and orders of the assembly and will continue to do so," it said.

Read more on:    anc  |  eff  |  baleka mbete  |  jackson mthembu  |  cape town  |  politics  |  parliament 2016

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