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Parliament to fight Lekota challenge

2012-08-03 16:02

Cape Town - The National Assembly is set to fight Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota's court challenge against it, Parliament said on Friday.

Last week, Lekota served National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu and his deputy Nomaindia Mfeketo with court papers.

The Congress of the People leader is challenging his ousting from a National Assembly sitting.

He was asked to leave after he refused to apologise for accusing President Jacob Zuma of violating his oath of office by not protecting the rights of artist Brett Murray and City Press editor Ferial Haffajee.

Murray painted the now defaced artwork The Spear. Haffajee removed a picture of the painting from the newspaper's website, after significant pressure from Zuma's allies.

Lekota wants the Mfeketo's ruling against him set aside. He is also seeking an order declaring the deputy speaker's ruling to be unlawful and inconsistent with the Constitution.

But both Mfeketo and Sisulu claim the ruling was justified.

"The speaker and the deputy speaker will oppose the application on the basis that, in making her ruling, the Deputy Speaker acted within her Constitutional powers," Parliament said in a statement.

Last week, ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga described Lekota's court challenge as a publicity stunt.

"It is a laughable and bizarre court action, which Lekota himself knows stands no chance of succeeding," Motshekga said.

Comments
  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-03 16:21

    No,when they have the judiciary in their pocket.I suppose he doesnt stand a chance!

  • djmain1 - 2012-08-03 16:22

    And who will be paying for this court action - why us of course, the taxpayers. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • nkosie.ngubane.52 - 2012-08-03 16:23

    Another taxpayer's money to be wasted.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-03 16:46

    Lekota will succeed; it is not an attack on character.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-03 17:00

    Now the two sevens will clash and some money will just go down the drain.

  • danmotaung - 2012-08-03 18:39

    If only COPE can get its house in order, I will vote for them. I think this is the best that one can do in a place where the majority party heckels and intimidates the smaller parties. Go ahead homeboy.....

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-03 19:14

    Zuma should have said this about the artist/haffajee and would have retained and gained millions of supporters. It goes something like this: "I don't support what he is saying(doing), but I will defend his right to say(do) it"... its about freedom of speech/expression. Can't remember who said it (maybe George Washington) Feel free to correct me.

  • julian.knight.7 - 2012-08-03 20:55

    Lets see who has the last laught then!

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-03 21:34

    Again I must ask Parliament what their definition of 'laughable and bizarre' is. What most parlour tricksters swore an oath to do is still not done - and unravelling by the day

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