Court dismisses opposition's bid to remove Baleka Mbete

The Western Cape High Court has concluded that there is no constitutional crisis in Parliament that justifies extraordinary intervention by the judiciary.

The court today dismissed an application by three opposition political parties to have National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete removed from office.

702's Xolani Gwala spoke to EWN reporter Rahima Essop about what transpired in court.

Listen to the conversation below:

Cope, Agang SA and the UDM argued that Mbete, who is also the chairperson of the ANC, favours the ruling party and is to blame when there is chaos in the House.

Agang SA turned to the courts when the Speaker refused to recuse herself from a debate on a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

A 96-page judgment states judicial independence would be adversely affected if the courts become embroiled in what is quintessentially a political act.

The judges disagree with the applicants’ argument that proceedings in the National Assembly have descended into “utter chaos” precipitating a constitutional crisis, which justifies the court’s intervention.

They were satisfied that steps had been taken to amend the National Assembly's rules to clamp down on disruptions.


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