EFF overalls banned at E Cape SOPA

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Mthatha -Economic Freedom Fighters members in the Eastern Cape legislature were barred from the state of the province address on Friday because they were wearing red overalls, a member said.

“When we entered the House and sat down, a man, directed by the Speaker, came to us and requested us to go outside and talk,” EFF MPL member Siyabulela Peter said.

“He stated that our dress code was not allowed in the legislature and he requested us to go. We were not allowed to participate and we left the House because they called security and we didn't want to fight unnecessarily.”

Peter said EFF members argued that their national leadership was allowed to wear the same uniform in Parliament.

He said they were in consultation with the party's national leadership and were considering legal action.

“It is totally unacceptable that they treat us in this manner. The code of conduct states that people dress in a way that is neat and clean. We were neat and clean,” said Peter.

The Eastern Cape legislature and office of the Speaker were not available for comment.

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