Steenhuisen and Malema defiant, refuse to apologise after Parly fight

Steenhuisen and Malema defiant, refuse to apologise after Parly fight

- The DA's John Steenhuisen was kicked out of Parliament on Wednesday after refusing to apologise to EFF leader, Julius Malema

- Moments later, a defiant Malema also refused to apologise to Steenhuisen

- Malema was also booted out of Parliament for his refusal to say sorry

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Like toddlers sent to the naughty corner, EFF's Julius Malema, and the DA's John Steenhuisen, were booted out of Parliament on Wednesday after both men refused to apologise for insults thrown at each other during Tuesday's heated Q&A session.

Thoko Didiza, the house's chairperson, asked Steenhuisen to withdraw his comments that EFF members are 'VBS bank looters', which he directed at Malema after the party interrupted Steenhuisen's point of order.

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However, Steenhuisen refused to retract his comment, saying Didiza was not consistent with past rulings by other presiding officers.

She then instructed him to leave Parliament's chambers.

Once Steenhuisen left, Didiza focused her attention on Malema. She told the National Assembly that Malema broke Parliament's rules when he hurled a racist slur at Steenhuisen. Malema called him a 'racist, young white man.'

Didiza also said Malema's remark, that Steenhuisen was accused of forcing himself on someone, was also out of order.

A defiant Malema then simply responded by repeated his first remark and was subsequently thrown out of Parliament's chambers, Idependent Online reported.

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Briefly.co.za earlier reported that some have called on DA member of Parliament and chief whip, John Steenhuisen, to take legal action against Malema over his remarks. A fight broke out during President Cyril Ramaphosa's question and answer session.

On Tuesday, it was reported that the DA and EFF, and eventually AGANG, all lost sight of the president as they started arguing.

Steenhuisen of the DA called the EFF 'VBS Bank looters', and this triggered an angered response by the Red Berets. The building reverberated with the "Pay back the money" chants that were aimed at the EFF. They decided to hit back at the DA, chanting 'Racists'. Malema was eventually heard saying something along the lines of 'We cannot let these whites speak' and this angered a member of AGANG.

Just moments after the EFF and DA almost got to blows, the EFF had members charging at AGANG, seemingly hell-bent on getting physical. Members of the EFF and AGANG were eventually removed from the building, and the speaker tried to continue the Q&A calmly.

Meanwhile, President Ramaphosa called on South Africans to not see colour after the meeting of Parliament resulted in a chaotic mess.

The Q&A session of the president was the last of the year but quickly got out of hand as members of opposition parties started arguing.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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