EFF to challenge new Parliament rules in court

2016-08-23 16:04
EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu. (PowerFM, Twitter)

EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu. (PowerFM, Twitter)

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Cape Town – The EFF intends to challenge some of Parliament’s new rules in court, the party said in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

EFF Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu said the party did not agree with some of the rules and that they were unconstitutional.

Speaker Baleka Mbete reminded the sitting the new rules were adopted before Parliament went on recess in May, and Tuesday was the first sitting held in accordance with the new rules.

She called on MPs to be patient and said there would be a period of adjustment.

“This House must note that although you have adopted [the rules] like you did with the Nkandla report, we are going to take it to court and will come back to draft proper rules,” he said.

Mbete thanked him for the notice given.

Parliament drafted and adopted the new rules which were largely intended to deal with disruptions and violence in the House.

Since the EFF took up seats in Parliament, the party's MPs had repeatedly tried to stop President Jacob Zuma from speaking. On each occasion, Mbete called in Parliament’s security services to remove them from the National Assembly chamber. 

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