The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it will appeal the decision by the Western Cape High Court to reverse an earlier decision that Parliament could not suspend EFF Members of Parliament or dock their salaries, following their disruption of President Jacob Zuma’s 2014 State of the Nation Address in Parliament.
They were demanding that he pay back the money for the upgrade of his Nkandla homestead. In 2014 Judge Dennis Davis granted the EFF an interim order, pending the determination of issues relating to fairness and procedures.
Parliament later asked for a review of this interim order, which has now been granted. Chairperson of Parliament’s Powers and Privileges Committee Lemias Mashile has welcomed the court’s latest decision.
“After Judge Davies gave a judgment that we should not dock their salaries and that they should not be suspended and that they should be allowed to go to the con court and finish part B and they did not go to the con court and we went back to court and asked for a review of that ruling and now the court has discharged the previous ruling of Judge Davies. “
EFF’s spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says they believe Monday’s ruling was wrong.