ANC to study EFF court ruling

DECEMBER 23, 2014

The African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament on Tuesday said it would study the judgment delivered in the matter between Parliament and the 20 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Members of Parliament.

The Cape Town High court granted the EFF MP’s an interdict to set aside Parliament's implementation of the sanctions against them, pending the outcome of a full court review application.

The affected EFF MP’s were slapped with various sanctions after the Powers and Privileges Committee found them guilty of contempt of Parliament for disrupting President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in August.

The EFF then filed an urgent court application to set aside the Powers and Privileges Committee's report which recommended various sanctions against its members.

ANC Caucus spokesperson Moloto Mothapo says it is too early for the EFF to claim victory.

"We note the judgement we will have an opportunity to go through it in great detail, because we can make a comprehensive response. But it must be emphasised that the judgement itself was not about the merit of the case, it was not about whether what they have done was appropriate or not. It was not about  the court necessarily interfering in the work of the institution which is an independent arm of the state. It was about just this urgent interdict."

Earlier on, Parliament pledged it will comply with the interdict.

"We will certainly as the legislative arm of government, respect it in the interest of the rule of law, which  means we note the interdict in relation to the implementation of the recommendations of the powers and privileges committee, in respect  of the EFF members whose salaries were suspended, so in other words there will be internal and administrative  process to make sure there is  full compliance with the determination of the Western Cape High Court,"says Parliament's spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs.

Meanwhile, EFF lawyer Luvuyo Godla has described the court's ruling as victory for multi-party democracy. "I think it is very important not only to the members concerned but to the members of the public because  remember the judge made as well some utterances that these are not mere disgruntled employees, but these  are representative of the public who should at all  material times champion the  interest of those who voted for them."

Veronica Nqweniso who was one of the affected EFF Members of Parliament, says, "I would say it’s a good Christmas to EFF and its a Black Christmas to ANC, because whatever Gwede Mantashe has told them to do in fact commanded them to do has today been nullified."