The day within the ambit of the Gauteng Legislature yesterday turned out to be one of the most or shall one say infamous moments in the politics of our democracy.
The Speaker of the Legislature, ordered the members of the Economic Freedoms Fighters to leave the legislature as they were all dressed in their ‘red overalls’ which is referred to by them as their working attire and this apparently not acceptable as appropriate for the Gauteng legislature.
When the members refused to leave on their own accord the speaker of the legislature called in the SAPS who then forcefully removed the EFF members.
Cameras were banned but with technology available these days on cell phones, evidence of the locust were available soon after the incident happened.
Amazingly their attire in parliament was also in their ‘red working clothes’ and the Speaker in no way ordering them to leave the Assembly and dress in any other manner.
Yet within the Gauteng legislature, which in essence is of less seniority than the National Assembly is of the opinion that their attire was not conductive and or acceptable to be worn in the legislature.
One needs to ask if ‘the feathers do make the bird’?
Isn’t it a question rather that members of the legislature, whom represent the people are holding their positions and that they are there to ‘work’ and not to parade as if they are on a walkway in a fashion parade!
One of the EFF members had to be hospitalized as he had a serious asthma attack as a consequence, and the other EFF member had to be treated for a broken arm that he sustained when the SAPS was called in to remove the members after they refused to leave on their own accord.
Once again the ruling party had to revert to covert operations to achieve its goals, and this kind of action is so reminiscent to what happened in Marikana when people actually died.
The SAPS are not equipped and or trained to handle such kind of incidents and we need to worry what we are still in for during this tenure of the 5th administration in our democracy!
It is indeed a sad state of affairs that people have to stoop to such levels where decorum and etiquette should be the norm rather than the exception.