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EFF: We won't remove our overalls - deal with it!

JANUARY 22, 2015
EFF: We won't remove our overalls - deal with it!

The Economic Freedom Fighter's (EFF) Chief Whip, Floyd Shivhambu, on Wednesday told the Sub-Committee of Parliament's Rules Committee that no law or rule would prevent them from wearing their trademark red overalls in the National Assembly.

“We are not going to stop wearing overalls whatever you do. So you must live with that reality,” said Shivhambu.

The Committee had a brief discussion on minimum dress code standards for Members of Parlaiment.

“There is no law, there is no rule that is going to stop us from wearing overalls and workers' clothes. As a matter of reality and fact, you can't have come to Parliament and go home to change, this is not some primary school.

“This is Parliament. We are not employed by the ANC, we are not employed by Parliament. We were employed by voters on the 7th of May,” maintains Shivhambu.

The development of a separate dress code rule forms part of reviewing the Rules of the National Assembly.

The ANC, DA and IFP are reportedly in agreement that a proper dress code is needed. The 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.


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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.