EFF win uniform battle in Gauteng

The EFF says their signature overalls are representative of the workers who voted them into power.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema dressed in red overalls and black gumboots for the first sitting of the National Assembly on 21 May 2014. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng has secured a victory and will now be allowed to wear their signature red overalls in the legislature.

On 1 July, speaker Ntombi Mekgwe ordered police to remove the group wearing red overalls bearing the phrase 'asijiki '- meaning 'we are not turning back' - as the slogan constituted inappropriate attire.

An altercation broke out between those members and the police, with the EFF accusing the officers of assaulting two of them who were injured.

The party's Julius Mdluli said, "We are delighted and excited that the business of the day, as mandated by the people, will be represented."

The EFF had said 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 said their overalls are representative of the workers who voted them into power and should therefore be accepted.