The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) plans to take Parliament to court after chaos ensued inside the National Assembly on Thursday. EFF members, lead by Julius Malema, are hoping that should all evidence be put before a judiciary, proceedings at SONA 2015 will be declared unconstitutional. Seven EFF members of parliament were injured in a scuffle after Speaker Baleka Mbete ordered the security to remove the chanting members.
During a press briefing on Friday afternoon, Malema told journalists that Mbete did not follow through with the proper procedures when addressing EFF members during their point of orders. Malema and MP’s requested Mbete ask President Jacob Zuma to respond to their questions regarding the recent Nkandla debacle, specifically on how Zuma plans to pay back tax paper’s money.
“We never meant to disrupt the state of the nation. We said the president should address questions and then continue with his address,” Malema explained.
Malema believes that Mbete had been clouded by her anger towards the EFF and as a result, failed to protect their individual rights within Parliament.
“It must be declared unlawful to drag members of Parliament forcefully out of the chambers. We are going back there. When Zuma comes back on the 11th March, we will be waiting for them,” Malema explained.
Malema claims that Mbete’s confusion with the EFF’s point of orders and point of privileges is a direct indication of Luthuli House’s control and influence over Parliament.
“She was reading from a piece of paper,” Malema said.
“The micro-management from Luthuli House will lead to the fall of Parliament.”
Addressing the issue of armed police officials within Parliament, Malema alleged they were beaten by police officials.
“Out of 100 security officials inside of the National Assembly, one about eight was from Parliament’s Protective Services. They marched into the chamber, stood on attention and attacked. It was Counter Assault Unit, National Intervention Unit, Public Order Police and Presidential Protection Unit. All of which, besides the presidential protection unit, are the same units linked to the killing in Marikana. Whether there is police or military, we will do our job,” Malema claimed.
The EFF claims it managed to obtain the security information at SONA from a Parliament security guard who felt “excluded and unhappy”.
The EFF now plan to use any opportunity to address Zuma on when he will be paying back the money.
“To protect the identity of the ANC, Zuma should step down,” Malema declared. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)