EFF Leader Julius Malema has suffered another setback after a Western Cape court dismissed his application to overturn his removal from the National Assembly in September 2015 because of un-parliamentary remarks.
Malema who was removed from the chamber after he refused accepting a request by the Parliament’s presiding officer to withdraw a statement he made when he referred to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as a “murderer”
The judge asserted: “The Speaker‚ in my view‚ has shown beyond any doubt that there are instances of interference and disruption that justify the removal of a member who hamstrings and incapacitates Parliament from conducting its business.”
Welcoming the ruling‚ the office of the ANC Chief Whip said in a statement:
“We are pleased with the judgment as it affirms the National Assembly rules and the authority they grant the presiding officers to swiftly remove MPs whose conduct is disruptive or threatens to collapse the proceedings of the House.”
“The judgment further affirms the Constitutional prerogative of Parliament to determine its own internal arrangements‚ proceedings and procedures to govern its business.”