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EFF challenges suspension from National Assembly

EFF's appeal of suspension of members from Parliament to be heard: EFF National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confirmed that the case was currently being heard before the Western Cape High Court this afternoon after Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ordered that the case be heard by that court.

The National Assembly voted 3 weeks ago to suspend EFF MPs for their role in chanting "pay back the money" to President Jacob Zuma during an August sitting.

The EFF had claimed that Western Cape President Judge Hlophe had told the party's attorney that he would not allow for that case to be heard. Speaking to the issue of Judge Hlophe's remarks EFF National Spokesperson, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi responded :

The matter of Judge Hlophe we will be taking it on separately and we will keep the public posted because it's something we can't let go. We can't be harrased by ANC in Parliament and also harrassed by it's deployees within the judiciary, so we will definitely be following it up and we will keep everybody posted. As for now we are challenging that we are being suspended illegally by Parliament.

National Spokesperson of the EFF, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi

Ndlozi also explained that the suspension was illegal because the party only began the chant of "pay back the money" during recess, which is why it was illegal.

Listen to Ndlozi brief Stephen about the way forward for the EFF here:

Save OUR SABC Coalition calls for a new SABC COO : The 'Save Our SABC Coalition' has called for the SABC board to take action against Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

He is yet to answer to the Public Protector's report, after allegedly lying on his CV. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report, released earlier this year, found Motsoeneng lied about having a matric and gave himself massive salary hikes while purging senior staff.

In October, the Western Cape High Court the board to suspend Motsoeneng, pending a disciplinary process.

SOS Coalition Spokesperson spoke to 702 and Cape Talk stating that "there is a clear evidence of a relationship between Mr Motsoeneng, the President and the ANC. A public broadcaster belonging to the public should show us a variety of views".

The SOS Coalition is calling for the report from the Public Protector's Office not to be ignored:

Our firm view is that Professor Magube must ensure the full implementation of the Public Protector's recommendations ... Our role is to put further pressure on the issue of the Public Protector's report, the SABC has not made a formal response to that report

Save Our SABC Coalition Spokesperson, Seketloane Phamodi

Catch Stephen's conversation with Phamodi here:

Public Protector finds City of Johannesburg guilty of maladministration: The Public Protector’s Office found the City of Johannesburg guilty of maladministration for failing to cut power and water to an illegally occupied building and then wrongfully billing the owner which led to the business going bankrupt.

Advocate Madonsela's office has ordered the city to apologise to the owners of the building and to find a way to evaluate the buildings and buy them, so that the city would house the illegal inhabitants and not the business owners.

EWN's Barry Bateman is on the story and reports that the young businessmen had approached the City to evict and cut off water and electricity to the illegal tenants in the building belonging to the couple.

In this particular case part of the problem was that there was a local Councillor who was encouraging people to go occupy this particular building. So part of her findings was that this Councillor must be taken to task as well. When it comes down to it, the people aren't doing their job where they're supposed to be doing inside the City of Johannesburg.

EWN Reporter, Barry Bateman

Listen to Barry explain the fate of the young business people here:

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