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MPs to tighten House rules

A dress code for Parliamentarians is just one of the issues up for discussion as rules are tightened.

FILE. A dress code for Parliamentarians is just one of the issues up for discussion as rules are tightened. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament (MP)s are this week expected to finalise proposals on how to tighten Parliament's rules.

A dress code for Parliamentarians is just one of the issues up for discussion.

Rejecting the proposal, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been quoted as saying his red beret MPs would go nude if they were barred from wearing their signature red overalls to Parliament.

Chairman of the rules sub-committee, Richard Mdakane says the EFF is the only political party opposing a specified dress code.

"The sub-committee is finalising these proposals. After Wednesday we'll present it. From there it will be taken to the house and the National Assembly, then we'll decide."

Meanwhile, The EFF says Parliament is trying to change the institution's rules in order to deal specifically with its MPs.

Since their swearing in, overall-clad EFF members have clashed with presiding officers and infamously shouted "pay back the money" during President Jacob Zuma's question and answer session in August last year.

The party's spokesperson Fana Mokoena believes Parliament is reactionary.

"Parliament is not run to hold the executive accountable. But Parliament is now changing the rules to deal with the EFF - this is what it has deteriorated to."