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Lekota to sue over The Spear

2012-07-29 20:01

Cape Town - Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota plans to sue Parliament after he was expelled for comments made about President Jacob Zuma and The Spear painting, it was reported on Sunday.

The Weekend Argus reported that Lekota would file papers on Monday, seeking a review and reversal of the decision, and an apology for himself and the Congress of the People.

Lekota criticised Zuma during the Presidency Budget Vote debate for not defending the constitutional rights of artist Brett Murray or City Press editor Ferial Haffajee.

The legal action would be directed towards Parliament and Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo.

"It is a very dangerous precedent, if its not challenged and reversed. No member of the opposition may criticise the president... it has very serious implications for democracy," Lekota told the newspaper.

Parliament confirmed it had received notice that papers would be served, but said it would not comment until the papers were actually received.

Comments
  • sibonelo.nyathikazi - 2012-07-29 20:40

    What u expect? His name is \Terror\ go ahead \Terror\ terrorize them! Should of also named u \Havoc\ too.... Kwaaaaaaaakwakwa

  • Busani - 2012-07-29 20:47

    First the ANC is ruled by the courts, now parliment is going to follow this .... does the ANC rats not see a picture emerging. Our country is turning into a circus. with the ANC ringleader. god must help us!!

      Karabo Robaya - 2012-07-29 21:48

      competition will always supply us with efficiency and effectiveness_So fire on Terror and remove them from comfort

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-30 12:50

      Dudu, bugger the hurt. Zuma is president and such he is open for attack by people who see things in a different light. Why he attacks whites all the time, but we don't mind we see him in a nappy anyway. Makes us smile a lot.

  • Zoleka Mapakiso Keva - 2012-07-29 21:38

    Lekota should donate 2 the needy and call reporters if he wants free publicity.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-30 12:52

      Zoleka, Zuma should make sure there aren't any needy, he is failing there too.

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-07-29 21:45

    Anc Zero AKA COPE why are you obssesed with these genitals instead of focusing on real issues affecting common people. The voters did not vote for porn. 16N

      raath - 2012-07-30 07:26

      "instead of focusing on real issues affecting common people" Not like the ANC is doing anything about this, either.

  • rory.short1 - 2012-07-29 21:57

    Zuma did not stand up for constitutionally guaranteed free speech over 'The Spear' episode. Thus Lekota was quite correct to criticise him over this lapse therefore he is right to take his expulsion from parliament because of his criticism to court.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-07-29 22:06

    Go ahead Lekota, terrorise the parliament, the ANC is ruled by courts, this is all we need, for people to sue Parliament.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-07-29 22:07

    Go ahead Lekota, terrorise the parliament, the ANC is ruled by courts, this is all we need, for people to sue Parliament.

      phae.rayden - 2012-07-29 22:21

      Please clarify this statement.

  • gerasimos.komnenus - 2012-07-29 23:06

    What a circus? They will end up killing each other. The tribe has spoken etc etc.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-07-30 00:26

    Couldn't he come with something more important to challenge the ANC, damn this guy is wasting time.

  • andile.tyhaliti - 2012-07-30 01:19

    There is nothing political about this issue it is purely personal. Remember when the fellow used to critisize JZ in public when he was the chair of the ANC. All you need is a boxing ring and I bet my last cent Zuma will come up tops.

  • gngaleka - 2012-07-30 02:00

    Harping about democracy only when it suits you. When will cope have an elective congress so as to have a democratically elected leader not one who is preoccupied with a personal vendatta against a leader of another party.

  • john.tserema - 2012-07-30 06:05

    Y we blacks when we comment we never insult whites nd whites insult blacks in thweir comments,for rre Lekota he must concerntrate on party issues no jz

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-30 06:42

    This guy is a joke while opposition parties like DA are busy addressing youth wage subsidy this fool is still on about the spear! Whoever broke his arm should have gone for the jaws

      galmzala - 2012-07-30 10:11

      true, remember he was a Free State premier and minister of defens,what did he do then, nothing ooh he bought a wine farm in Cape Town I wonder how did he got the money,

      tolo.maano - 2012-07-30 13:55

      He mayb fool but he stand 4 wat he bebieve than more I can say about u and others

  • leaproach.thekeeper - 2012-07-30 07:06

    You go man! Give them hell!

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-07-30 10:24

    I'm confused we want freedom of speech but then critisize lekota when he wants to stand up for it! At least he had the guts to stand up to the ANC! As far as I'm concerned Jacob Zuma is a big boy and should have just brushed the spear off.

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-07-30 10:24

    lekota, fix your dead cope first before opening your big stinking mouth

  • charles.kubhayi.9 - 2012-07-30 11:17

    I think Mr Lekota needs to assess himself whether he is pushing his own interests or the interests of the people of the country.If Lekota feels that the rights of Brett Murray are better than the rights of Zuma, then there is a serious problem that Lekota must address in his analysis.The President must not be expected to protect people who use their constitutional rights to undermine his rights.It is malicious and ridiculous to expect Mr Zuma as a victim to protect the attacker who is Mr Brett Murray in this case.This really means someone's logical thinking is in a crisis or it is a crisis itself.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-30 12:47

    Good on him. This government and it's holier than thou attitude needs a kick up the arse.

  • tolo.maano - 2012-07-30 14:02

    They may say wat they wat or do wat thy wat the fact is LEKOTA stand wat he believe...take them lekota......

      sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-01 17:14

      tolo can u pls take shikota out for a date he is lonely

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-08-01 21:02

    But the spear painting loks much better now with a huge erection which means Zuma has a huge appitite for making love.The great spear is hidden behind the painting waaw kwaaak

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-10-10 19:43

    I had another look at the painting. I still think it is Malema hanging from Zuma’s pants!

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-10-10 19:44

    I had another look at the painting. I still think it is Malema hanging from Zuma’s pants!

  • loyisot - 2012-10-10 20:03

    He is actualy good at this ask Mbazima

  • isaac.qubu - 2012-10-10 22:15

    Well cope is down and out, what alse can they do except to fight over the irrelevent.

  • elroy.erasmus.16 - 2012-10-10 23:21

    Good to stand up against authority but You and I know where this will end know where

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