Opposition parties have kicked against the ruling party’s proposed dress code for parliamentarians. The governing party made the proposal during parliamentary sitting on Wednesday.
Countering the proposed dress code, the Economic Freedom Fighters asserted that the ruling party’s proposal for a strict dress code for MPs is an insult to the intelligence of lawmakers. The party maintained that parliamentarians should be allowed to decide the appropriate dress to wear.
Speaking further on behalf of the opposition party, EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, said he wondered why the ANC should come up with such idea because members of parliament are not ‘kindergarten kids’.
“We must trust the intelligence of members who have been duly elected to determine what a befitting dress code in terms of the dignity and decorum of the house should be. We’re not kindergarten kids,” Ndlozi said.
In Parliament, different dress code are worn by parliament members. EFF members are easily recognized by their red berets and red overalls.
Speaking also, the Democratic Alliance’s Natasha Mazzone opposed the move to compel MPs to follow a dress code.
“The struggle has not been fought if we’re now being told what we have to wear when we come to the people’s assembly,” Mazzone said.
It is pertinent to note that this is not the first time the governing party has put forward a proposal for dress code in parliament.
On Tuesday, opposition parties failed to impeach President Zuma after 233 members voted against the motion while 143 voted in favour, there were no abstentions.
Meanwhile, DA leader Mmusi Maimane has reiterated that President Zuma will continue to be on pins and needles, even though impeachment moves against him failed. He said he now wants Zuma charged with misconduct and that he will write to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete to check if there was a question about Zuma’s conduct that must be investigated.