Economic Freedom Fighters condemns the shameless, thoughtless, immoral, violent and undemocratic decision of the ANC speaker to forcefully remove EFF MPLs using the police. During the debate on the State of the Province today, the speaker of Gauteng Legislature, Ntombi Mekgwe, called police to remove EFF members from parliament because they were dressed in worker clothes: overalls and domestic workers wear. The speaker found the workers clothes so unbearable that she saw it fit to have EFF MPLs removed from the debate in the legislature.
In effect, a member of legislature in the form of the speaker has ordered other honorable members to be violated by the police because they were dressed in worker clothes as opposed to the elite suits.
Ntombi Megkwe must be ashamed of her self as she is an embarrassment to the democratic house of the people. In fact this is all she knows, to undo the democratic order of the people and corruption since her participation days in Ekhuruleni government. The ANC demoted her to speaker precisely because she has no other political credentials to be used meaningfully elsewhere. She is a walking anarchy that is now undoing freedom of expression right in the house of democratic law making.
The EFF Convener of Gauteng had to be taken to a medical facility because the police brutality on him left him fighting for his breath, whilst they broke an arm of another EFF MPL. This was done, not because these members were imposing themselves, or because they do not deserve to be in that house, but because they refuse to wear suits. What the speaker forgets is that EFF is there not because she employed it, but because more than a million South Africans voted for it. EFF therefore deserves to be in parliament, for this is the will of the people.
The EFF will never be bossed around to abandon the worker overalls in parliaments across the country because this is who it represents. No amount of beating by the ANC police will ever submit the EFF into abandoning the red overalls and domestic workers’ dress codes. Legislature is a place of work and it must represent the people: EFF is there to say the regalia of workers is also welcome in the Houses of Parliament as part of respectable and honorable decorum. Workers keep South African moving and there is nothing dishonorable about the clothes they wear when they keep our lives moving.
The EFF will make an urgent court application to interdicting the Gauteng legislature not to dismiss EFF members on the basis on that they are wearing overalls. Effectively, the ANC, together with its speaker and police are undermining the will of the people. Nevertheless, this unintelligible mindset of banning workers’ clothes in parliament will not stop EFF because it is inconsistent with the principles enshrined in the constitution: the principles of freedom of expression. Asijiki!
Source : Economic Freedom Fighters