- Economic Freedom Fighters seem to be making waves in provincial legislature
- Members were booted from the Eastern Cape's state of the province address over complaints that they were inappropriately dressed
- A heated exchange followed and a scuffle broke out as security attempted to forcefully remove the Red Berets
Economic Freedom Fighters were targeted over their appearance at the Eastern Cape provincial legislature on Tuesday.
Complaints were levied over their attire (the party's trademark red overalls) and a heated exchange ensued.
The members ignored speaker Helen Sauls-August's determination that they should leave and a scuffle broke out as security attempted to forcefully remove the politicians.
Democratic Alliance leader for the region Nqaba Bhanga reportedly took exception to the entire ordeal.
DispatchLIVE reports that Bhanga warned against repeating the chaos that had broken out in the North West state of the province address.
Briefly.co.za reported that EFF MPLs were assaulted after disrupting Premier Job Mokogoro's speech.
Sauls-August followed Bhanga's comments up by demanding that he should also leave the house, something he had refused to do.
While the EFF members were manhandled out of the house, Bhanga stubbornly remained behind. The speaker will be referring to the DA leader to the ethics committee over his refusal to follow instructions.
In a statement responding to the incident, the EFF condemned the 'foolish' reason given for their removal:
"The EFF caucus in the Eastern Cape was met with the brutality of unidentifiable security personnel when it raised issues pertaining to the governance of the province. The most foolish reason was used to run away from accountability by the Speaker of the Provincial Legislature was an objection to the attire of the EFF, being the red overalls."
The Red Berets slammed what it felt was an attempt to target the party and flee accountability:
"There seems to be a deliberate attempt to target members of the EFF and do to them what the ruling party failed to do at the State of the Nation Address. This is to victimise EFF caucus members for attempting to hold the ruling governments in provinces accountable. It is regimes of fascits that use violence against the opposition in order to escape questions on their governance capacity."
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