By Refiloe Phalane
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said the criminal charges laid by the Parliament will indeed rescue them to comprehend that there is equality before the law hence EFF laid multiple cases against the institutionalised “hooligans” also known as the parliamentary protection officers and nothing has been done.
This comes after the EFF MPs were beaten up by these hooligans and left one of the MPs with a broken Jaw in 2015 and nothing has happened to the case or any follow up has been made
The EFF’s national spokeperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said his party wrote to the speaker of the Parliament to cease physical abuse and assault of the EFF MPs.
“We have opened criminal cases on many occasions and no investigation or report has ever been done” said Ndlozi
Ndlozi said EFF went to court to ask for urgent interdict against the hooligans however the interdict was not granted and the matter was not urgent
Ndlozi said quoted the provision of section 5 in the constitution that a member of parliament “is are not liable to civil or criminal proceedings, arrest, imprisonment or damages for- anything that they have said in, produced before or submitted to the Assembly or any of its committees”
“If arrest was possible inside the house, the provision of the freedom of speech in section 58 would be rendered futile because it would result or anticipate intimidation.” Ndlozi emphasised
The EFF wrote to the speaker after saying how a disciplinary process must be embarked on to hold president Zuma accountable in terms that he had broken his oath of office. However speaker continued business as usual by using ANC majority
Ndlozi said it must be placed in the public record that in South Africa there is no equality before the law, if the investigations ensue against their MPs.
“The police only work for the ANC parliament, the exclusion and marginalisation of the EFF”
(Edited by Bethithemba Ndebele)