11 March 2014

South Africa: Court Dismisses EFF Case

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Julius Malema (file photo).

Pretoria — The High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday dismissed an application by the Economic Freedom Fighters for an interdict relating to the payment of a deposit to the Independent Electoral Commission.

Judge Joseph Raulinga said he was putting final touches to his ruling and only read out his brief order in court.

"The matter is not urgent. The application is dismissed with costs, and the applicant is ordered to pay the costs of a postponement of the 4th of March," he said.

Raulinga said his judgment would be ready on Wednesday.

"The judgment is ready but I still have to cross the Ts and dot the Is."

The party took President Jacob Zuma, Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, and the IEC to court.

Political parties are required to pay a deposit of more than R600,000 --R45,000 per province, and R200,000 to contest the polls nationally. The EFF was seeking to have this requirement removed or greatly reduced.

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