EFF sticks to its guns on overalls

The party will return to the Gauteng legislature in their red overalls today.

Members of the EFF protest outside the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 22 July 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Following clashes earlier this week which saw hundreds of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members storm the Gauteng Legislature, the party says it will return to the house this morning for the budget debate wearing their trademark red overalls.

The attire was disputed by speaker Ntombi Mekgwe earlier this month who found the overalls inappropriate and kicked eight of the party's Members of Provincial Legislature out of the house.

On Tuesday supporters marched to the building and clashed with police who retaliated with rubber bullets and stun grenades.

EFF members have promised to be peaceful this morning in contrast to what happened on Tuesday at the legislature.

The party's Mcgini Tshwaku, however, says they will not compromise when it comes to their dress.

"Today we'll be reporting to work in our red overalls."

The legislature's Uhuru Moiloa says they will not take any chances and extra security has been planned for the budget debate.

The EFF leadership say they have turned to the courts to obtain legal permission to return to the Gauteng Legislature.


Earlier Moiloa said the office of the speaker was open to the party to voice its grievances.

The deputy speaker said while speaker Mekgwe was abroad he was prepared to address the EFF's concerns.

"I'm still waiting for them to bring their memorandum so I can table it at the rules committee and that committee will make a decision."

Meanwhile, the party's leader Julius Malema said that he would bring 50,000 people to march to the legislature if their demands were not met.

Yesterday the EFF said it would lay counter charges against the police and the Gauteng Legislature for the injuries suffered by its members during violent clashes.

The party's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi says the criminal charges don't scare them because their members were the ones who were injured.

Video: EFF storms the Gauteng Legislature.

Pictures by EWN and Sapa.