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The colour of Parliament….

09 June 2014, 12:40

The colour of Parliament…..


The whole kaleidoscope of colour within our fifth democratically elected parliament has had a change of colour, and who do we have to thank, not “Boland Bank” as the saying used to be, but indeed the Economic Freedom Fighters.

Prior to the swearing in of the new parliamentarians a lot was said and published on the dress code that would apply in parliament, yet despite all of these binding rules or is it statutory regulations and code of conduct, the Economic Freedom Fighters, during the swearing in wore red overalls, hard hats, gumboots and the women wearing domestic red overalls, as the party claimed “that we are here to work and not to live in the laps of luxury!”

Despite all the rules, regulations that existed they defied them and did what they set out to do, and in the process raised many an interest and people actually watching the oath of office of parliamentarians just to see if the EFF indeed kept to their commitment of wearing this unorthodox attire in parliament. They managed to raise public participation, and provided that bit of humor as many discussions thereafter included:” Did you see what the EFF wore to the swearing in, in Parliament?”

One needs to commend the EFF on the public interest that they are cultivating but all being fair and well. Despite what you are wearing you would still be earning in excess of R 900 000 per year and that amount does not include your fringe benefits, such as cars, free flights, entertainment etc. etc.

Once you take off the overall and the domestic worker outfit, you remain in the ambit of luxury that comes with many perks and privileges.

That parliamentarians are indeed elected to work, is no doubt, but do you portray your willingness to part with that exorbitant salary and taken how many people in the country are unemployed, and living on social grants, what message are you really sending out to the people.

Your wear the uniform, but it is not the ‘feathers that make the bird” it is what goes on in the mind and in the heart that really counts…

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