President Cyril Ramaphosa’s question and answer session in the National Assembly on Tuesday was overshadowed by a physical altercation involving some Members of Parliament (MPs).
The DA and the EFF began hurling insults at each other across the House, before a physical altercation broke out between EFF and Agang MPs, reports EWN’s Gaye Davis.
DA’s chief whip John Steenhuisen referred to EFF MPs as “VBS looters” and EFF leader Julius Malema in turn called Steenhuisen a “white boy”.
The Parliamentary sitting was suspended for five minutes in an effort to restore order.
The scenes were reminiscent of the fighting that regularly delayed sittings by former President Jacob Zuma, who the EFF would refuse to allow to speak amid allegations of graft. Proceedings have largely been cordial since Ramaphosa replaced Zuma in February, and in previous arguments, the lawmakers would battle with security personnel rather than their fellow legislators.
None of us can be proud about what happened in the house today
Said Thoko Didiza, the presiding officer.
The internet has since been flooded with clips, here are just a few.