EFF might lose Parliamentary regalia

JANUARY 21, 2015

If the African National Congress (ANC) and some opposition parties have their way, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will no longer wear their trademark overalls, berets and gumboots to Parliament.

A renewed attempt to enforce a respectable dress code reportedly could happen as early as the end of February.

“Gumboots and overalls are not correct dress code to any chamber,” says Parliamentary Rules Committee Chairperson, Richard Mdakane.

However, the EFF has always maintained that its red regalia is appropriate.

New rules not targeted at EFF

The committee has insists that the new rules have not been prompted by the arrival of the EFF and that the changes have been in the pipeline for the past three years.

It said that the proposed new rules also aim to clamp down on absenteeism.

A member of Parliament (MP) who is absent for more 15 days without permission can lose their seat. But it is the management of debates in the National Assembly that has generated heated debate.

Clamping down on offensive language

One of the proposals on the table will also see a clamping down on abusive language and gestures.

However, there is a deadlock between parties on whether the police should be allowed to enter the Chamber to diffuse any tension or chaos – as happened last year.

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Photo caption: If the African National Congress (ANC) and some opposition parties have their way, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will no longer wear their trademark overalls, berets and gumboots to Parliament.