EFF, ATM vow legal action against SONA removal

EFF, ATM vow legal action against SONA removal

The EFF and African Transformation Movement leader Vuyo Zungula have both vowed to take legal action against National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. 

EFF, ATM vow legal action against SONA removal

Both Zungula and the EFF were forcibly removed from Cape Town City Hall during Thursday evening's State of the Nation Address.

The EFF stayed true to its word - and disrupted President Cyril Ramaphosa's address.

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EFF MP's raised multiple points of order, and was eventually removed by parliamentary security officers.  

Earlier Zungula was also asked to leave for defying the speaker's orders.

The EFF said it will be heading to court to challenge Mapisa-Nqakula's decision. 

"Ramaphosa is a dictator, who will weaponise the state at the slightest inconvenience or confrontation of his poor and destructive leadership," the party said in a statement. 

"The EFF remains determined to ensure that Ramaphosa is held accountable not only for his crimes at and in relation to Phala Phala Farm, but also for the role he continues to play in destroying South Africa for violating the rights of Members of Parliament, and mistreating them as a group, instead of as individuals who have every right to speak in accordance with the rules."

Zungula also promised not to let the issue rest. 

"It is very clear, what the speaker is doing is to intimidate members of parliament and we are not going to allow a tidy parliament whereby the executives cannot be held accountable," he said after his removal from the chamber. 

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"She might belong to the ruling party, and they are going to use the rules to suppress members of other parties.

"We are going to take it up, and we are going to lay a complaint with the relevant committee in parliament to make sure that it doesn't become norm that the speaker uses her power to suppress us from doing what we are elected to do."


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