Julius Malema’s EFF might have a say in how some key municipalities will be governed, but in some Eastern Cape councils it seems it will not have its way when it comes to the dress code.
At least three Eastern Cape councils will not allow councillors to attend sittings wearing the fighters’ usual attire of red overalls and gumboots.
In Ingquza Hill, Gugulethu Mbiko could not be sworn in as an EFF councillor on Wednesday. He was escorted out of the chambers by security when he rocked up clad in red overalls and gumboots.
In Engcobo, the swearing-in of the two EFF councillors on Thursday was delayed after they were also escorted out.
They were later sworn in after they threatened to take legal action.
EFF Chris Hani regional secretary Wonga Dunjwa said their members were also escorted out for wearing “party regalia”.
On Wednesday, the King Sabata Dalindyebo council referred the dress code to the next council meeting after both the EFF and UDM opposed the code.