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EFF slams GP legislature drama

Eight EFF members were forcibly removed from the Gauteng Legislature yesterday.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members were kicked out of the Gauteng Legislature for wearing inappropriate clothing on 1 July 2014. Picture: Cameron Modisane.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng provincial legislature says members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will not be allowed to participate in the debate on the State of the Province Address if they arrive wearing their signature red overalls.

Eight EFF members were forcibly removed from the legislature yesterday by police.

Two EFF members were injured during the scuffle.

Legislature speaker, Ntombi Mekgwe, ordered the police to remove the EFF members saying their overalls bearing the word 'Asijiki' (We do not turn back) constituted party insignia.

It's understood the party's Gauteng convenor had an asthma attack and had to be rushed to the doctor.

EFF's Gauteng coordinator Omphile Maotwe said another member also broke his arm in a scuffle with police.

"The police were manhandling them."

Legislature secretary Peter Skosana says if EFF members comply with the rules and come appropriately dressed, they will be allowed to enter the house and participate.

At the same time, the party says it will approach the High Court for an urgent interdict against the Gauteng Provincial Legislature to compel it to accept its red overalls as appropriate attire.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says their overalls are representative of the workers who voted them into power and should therefore be accepted.

"We aren't willing to back off because it's an unjust ruling. The overalls aren't inconsistent with decorum at all."

Meanwhile, the party insists it will continue wearing its trademark red overalls in the Eastern Cape Legislature, despite members being kicked out last week.

The party members were thrown out shortly before the State of the Province Address on Friday.

The EFF said its members agreed to leave because they did not want to cause a scene when security were called.

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