EFF may get away with attire

2014-05-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The EFF’s call for its members to wear red boilersuits and berets to Parliamentary sessions looks set to last only as long as it takes for the new MPs to be sworn in.

EFF leader Julius Malema has reportedly said members of his party plan to wear red boilersuits and hard hats to Parliament — ready to work. In terms of Parliamentary practice MPs may, however, not display symbols of their respective political parties in the 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 yesterday if the EFF will 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.

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