Economic Freedom Fighters Commander-in-Chief, Julius Malema and 11 Members of Parliament have been suspended without pay from Parliament.
The suspension was the outcome of the National Assembly sitting on Thursday, where the vote was taken to adopt the report that would find members of the EFF guilty of disrupting disrupting President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in the house in August, when chanting ‘pay back the money’ regarding the President's homestead in Nkandla.
Speaking on 702, Malema confirmed that the EFF has already instructed their lawyers to lodge papers appealing the decision to suspend them from Parliament until 28 December 2014.
Malema says that the President would "know us [the EFF] better" come the State of the Nation address in February next year.
There is nothing that the Speaker can do, as long as we are within the rules. Interjections, including heckling each other - it is permissible and exactly that will be happening on the 12th of February. That's what he [President Jacob Zuma] has invited on himself ... If he had wanted to avoid that happening he should have answered questions regarding [Nkandla]— EFF Commander in Chief, Julius Malema
Malema said that the EFF would continue to ask the President to pay back the money he owes the nation for Nkandla, every time they encounter him over the next 5 years - until he addresses questions around the matter.
He reminded Xolani that the EFF's presence in Parliament has meant that the nation has taken a greater interest in Parliamentary proceedings, and thus leads to greater accountability because citizens are aware of issues discussed in the National Assembly.
Thanks to the EFF, people are beginning to follow-up their vote, ordinarily you would vote and disappear and we would see you after 5 years. From the 7th May you are now following it up. Everybody now has got [an] interest to know 'what are the Parliamentarians doing?'. You must thank the EFF that now Parliamentarians are even working from 2pm to 4 o'clock in the morning, they are now earning their salaries.— EFF Commander in Chief, Julius Malema