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Overalls might not be welcome in parliament

By admin
13 May 2014

The EFF's call for its members to wear red overalls and berets to Parliament looks set to last only as long as it takes for the new MPs to be sworn in, Die Burger reported on Tuesday.

The EFF's call for its members to wear red overalls and berets to Parliament looks set to last only as long as it takes for the new MPs to be sworn in, Die Burger reported on Tuesday.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has reportedly said members of his party plan to wear red overalls and hard hats to Parliament - ready to work.

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In terms of Parliamentary practice MPs may, however, not display symbols of their respective political parties in the National Assembly.

At the first session of the National Assembly next Wednesday, the 25 members of the EFF will, however, not yet have been sworn in as MPs.

The EFF members may therefore get away with wearing the symbols of their working class roots for a day.

Parliamentary spokesperson Luzuko Jacobs did not want to say on Monday if the EFF would be refused entry should they arrive clad in their party political garb.

He added it was accepted practice for MPs not to display symbols of their respective political parties during sittings, but he added members did have the freedom to reflect their personal style in their apparel as long as it did not detract from the dignity of Parliament.

During the election campaign, Malema stated that the dress code for ministers will change when the EFF wins the elections.

"They wear suits, that's why they are lazy. They are servants, they are supposed to serve us. You can't build an RDP [house] with a tie," Sapa quoted him as saying in the run-up to the elections.

He later said the EFF planned to go to Parliament in overalls “because we are there to work”.