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No entry: EFF barred from Makhura speech

EFF members in the Gauteng legislature were denied access due to their overalls.

Economic Freedom Fighters showing off their party's message written on their uniform during their march to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 22 July 2014. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) belonging to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were again blocked from entering the Gauteng legislature building on Friday because they were wearing their red overalls.

The MPLs were set to attend Premier David Makhura's budget vote speech and insisted on wearing the uniform despite it being deemed inappropriate attire for the house.

Seats in #Legislature where #EFF MPLs are supposed to be r empty. They've not been allowed in house coz of overalls. pic.twitter.com/RMCUaim4o3

Earlier this month, speaker Ntombi Mekgwe ordered police to remove eight EFF MPLs from the floor as they were wearing party insignia.

On Tuesday, hundreds of EFF supporters marched to the legislature led by their commander in chief Julius Malema.

Several in the group stormed the building, vandalised property, leading the legislature to open charges against them.

The protest turned serious when police failed to block the group from entering the building, eventually resorting to using rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas to disperse the crowd.

Today, the MPLs were confronted by security as they arrived for the speech.

The overalls are plain today and have no party insignia but deputy speaker Uhuru Moiloa maintains this is not the right dress code for the house.

Although the party was absent for Makhura's speech, the premier took the opportunity to mention that the EFF's actions on Tuesday would not go unpunished.

"We must make it clear that this is unacceptable," he warned. "This matter requires serious investigation and follow up."

Meanwhile, police are maintaining a heavy presence inside and outside the building after the events that unfolded on Tuesday.

Officers are on horses and a Nyala carrying barbed wire is also parked outside the entrance used by EFF supporters to storm the building.

Police maintaining a heavy presence outside and inside #Legislature MR pic.twitter.com/xJwYx4C8E1