The African National Congress (ANC) chief whip and Members of Parliament (MPs) have gladly welcomed Western Cape High Court’s decision to fling away EFF’s frivolous interdict.
The opposition party had wanted the court to interdict the National Assembly speaker – Baleka Mbete from bundling EFF members away from Parliament (should the need arise) when President Zuma appears in Parliament on Tuesday.
Jackson Mthembu, who is ANC’s chief whip couldn’t contain his joy because the radical party failed “to cajole the judiciary into being party to its unconstitutional and silly decision not to recognize the office of the president”.
EFF’s ‘frivolous interdict’ was struck off by Judge Ashley Binns-Ward on the basis that it was not urgent on Monday, May 16, 2016 and notably a day before Zuma appears in Parliament.
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President Zuma will once again face honourable members in Parliament on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 to give answers to “Questions for Oral Reply”.
Meanwhile, opposition party, Congress of the People (COPE) has reiterated its decision to stay away from parliamentary business after Zuma was humbled by ConCourt. Be that as it may, with the affirmation of this decision, the party will not be present to speak or hear from President Zuma.
ANC Happy With Court Over EFF’s Frivolous Interdict
Speaking further in a statement, the ANC chief whip’s office said: “There is no doubt that the EFF’s urgent interdict was frivolous‚ as it essentially sought to ask the court to grant them the carte blanche right to disrupt (Tuesday) afternoon’s sitting.
Through this case‚ the EFF attempted to cajole the judiciary into being party to its unconstitutional and silly decision not to recognize the office of the president.
Indeed our judiciary ought to remain guarded at all times against attempts by some parties to exploit the courts in their attempts to erode democratic institutions.
We welcome the decision of the court as it once again affirms the right of Parliament to determine its own conventions‚ procedures and proceedings in terms of the Constitution without interference consistent with the doctrine of separation of powers.
In terms of the principle of rotation regarding oral questions to the president‚ the EFF is one of the parties not scheduled to partake in this afternoon’s session.
Despite this‚ the EFF wants to disrupt the sitting and deny other parties and Parliament their constitutional function to hold the head of the executive to account.”
The economic fighters had earlier promised to ruin Zuma’s day in Parliament. However, with the latest development- which is not in their favour, we hope to see President Zuma speak to MPs without being interrupted, disgraced or unduly ‘challenged’.