EFF will stick to overalls or go nude - Malema

2015-01-26 08:46
EFF leader Julius Malema is seen in the National Assembly. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

EFF leader Julius Malema is seen in the National Assembly. (Nardus Engelbrecht, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - EFF members would go nude in the National Assembly if they were to be barred from wearing their red overalls, gumboots and domestic worker uniforms, according to a party leader Julius Malema.

The Economic Freedom Fighters leader told The Star they would not take dress code instructions from Parliament.

"We are going to wear them [overalls]," he was quoted as saying.

"If they don't want them, we will take off those overalls and walk naked. If that's what they want to see, they will see it," he said.

MP dress code

Parliament was working towards toughening several regulations for the National Assembly, including a dress code for MPs.

Rules subcommittee chairperson Richard Mdakane said they hoped to finalise the regulations by the end of next month, reported The Star.

Malema openly rejected the proposed changes, which would most likely require the EFF to swap their worker's gear for a more formal look.

"We are not going to dress like colonial masters... I am wearing an overall, it's clean and I am not smelly," he told the newspaper.

"I'm actually smelling better than many other people who are wearing suits there."

'Where will it end?'

In an interview with Sapa last week, EFF MP Godrich Gardee said they would never accept the dress code.

"It will never happen. We are here to do serious work, not to discuss dress codes," he told Sapa.

"Where will it end? Next thing they will be telling us which colour underwear to wear and how to speak," Gardee said.

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