EFF ‘willing to go to highest court’ to defend free speech, Shivambu

Floyd Shivambu

The Economic Freedom Fighters have vehemently rejected the Speaker of Parliament’s referral of EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu to the disciplinary committee of Parliament.

Not only that, the party has also expressed willingness to take the matter to the “highest court” and embarrass Speaker Baleka Mbete.

Shivambu is the first MP to be referred to the newly-constituted disciplinary committee, for comments made in 2016 when he told the ruling party that President Jacob Zuma was going to kill them.

“As the EFF, we unequivocally reject the Speaker’s move as deliberate suppression of free speech in Parliament,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.

He cited the powers, privileges and immunities act, and the Constitution, on the free speech enjoyed by MPs.

Ndlozi said the Speaker violated the powers and privileges act by referring Shivambu to the committee for what he said during a debate.

The referral sought to create fear on parliamentary debates on Zuma, the EFF said.

“The EFF is willing to go to the highest court in the land to defend free speech in Parliament.

“We demonstrated this when we won the court case regarding CIC Julius Malema’s remarks that ‘the ANC government killed workers in Marikana’. We will also embarrass Mbete and her partisan rulings in relation to our [EFF’s] deputy president’s recent remarks,” Ndlozi said.

Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/eff-willing-to-go-to-highest-court-to-defend-free-speech-shivambu-20170421

2 thoughts on “EFF ‘willing to go to highest court’ to defend free speech, Shivambu

  1. We really need to do something about the Western Cape Province

    We can not postpone that any longer. The EFF need to take this Province from the DA. We also need to open talks about affirmative action. As an ordinary black woman, I do not understand who is affirming what for who in this country under the leadership of Jacob Zuma. As black women, we sometimes we have issues of not knowing who we belong with in our struggles as the white women always bring the issues of their whiteness, and the black men also bring forward the issues of their meness, leaving us all alone waiting for someone to apply the principles of affirmative action.

    Where are social ills like this one discusses………., in parliament and in universities. What is the hierarchy there, its mostly white men on top, followed by the black men, white women and then us down there at the bottom.

    Yes progress has been made by the country in this regard but hey there are still mountains of challenges for black women in this country

    EFF is the only party in South Africa that can take this struggle forward.

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