EFF goes to court over “pay back the money”


The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have filed an application in the Western Cape High Court to halt an interdict, brought on by Parliament, against 20 of its MP’s accused of throwing the National Assembly into chaos last month.

"We filed this morning. We are now waiting for a hearing date," EFF spokesperson Mbyuseni Ndlozi said.

The party’s application comes a day before a disciplinary hearing of Parliament’s Power and Privileges committee on whether the EFF should be charged with brining Parliament into disrepute.

Following a sitting on August 21st, party members began chanting “pay back the money” at President Jacob Zuma, after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela had concluded that Zuma had unduly benefitted from the R246-million security upgrades at his private Nkandla residence.

Despite being warned by National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, to sit down or faced being thrown, MP’s continued chanting forcing Mbete to suspend proceedings.