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5 Mar 2015
7:50 am

DA to challenge use of police in Parly


The DA on Thursday will challenge legislation allowing for the arrest or removal of people who create a disturbance in the National Assembly.

FILE PICTURE: EFF leader Julius Malema is pictured singing along with fellow party members outside parliament after being removed from the state of the nation address in Cape Town, 12 February 2015. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The party approached the Western Cape High Court after the removal of Economic Freedom Fighters MPs from the National Assembly during the state-of-the-nation address on February 12.

The DA also wants an order preventing the Speaker from calling in police pending the outcome of its challenge to the constitutionality of section 11 of the Powers, Privileges, and Immunities of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act.

EFF MPs were removed by police and parliamentary protection officers after Speaker Baleka Mbete invoked section 11 of the act.

The DA wants the section removed from the act, saying it clashes with section 58 of the Constitution.