EFF’s second application on statehood also fails

Henry

The Western Cape High Court has now also the EFF’s second urgent application regarding pres. Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address struck from the court roll with costs.

In this application, the EFF requested that certain newly adopted rules and regulations of the parliament not be applied during this year’s State of the Union address.

The so-called house rules were adopted in December to prevent a repeat of previous years’ chaos during the State of the Union address this year.

However, the EFF requested the Western Cape High Court to suspend the rules – which prohibit MPs, among other things, from raising a point of order during the State of the Union address and disrupting the president’s speech.

Judge Deidre Kusevitsky was not to be found for that and deleted the application from the court roll.

Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo welcomed the decision on Tuesday.

This is the second time in about a week that the EFF gets a bloody nose in this court.

RNews earlier reported that six MPs, among them EFF leader Julius Malema and his deputy Floyd Shivambu, had their urgent application to be allowed to attend the State of the Nation Address struck off the court roll (also with costs) last week.

The case was not ready for trial as the applicants filed some of their court documents late.

Sinawo Thambo, national spokesperson of the EFF, said that this ruling highlights the repressive nature of the executive’s efforts to stifle accountability and silence the voices of those who hold Ramaphosa accountable.