7 of Parliament's most amusing moments: From 'Shut up Steenhuisen' to 'that little finger'

7 of Parliament's most amusing moments: From 'Shut up Steenhuisen' to 'that little finger'

South Africa's Parliament is not without it's lighter, funnier moments. While Members of Parliament are usually stern and serious during meetings, the occasional funny or chaotic moment does pop up every now and then.

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As 2018 slowly drags itself toward an end, it is the perfect time to reflect on the good and bad that happened in South Africa.

There were many moments when South Africans held their hair in their hands in exasperation at the Parliament and the government, but there were some lighter moments too.

A video was shared on the internet that highlighted some of the more light-hearted moments in Parliament, and Briefly.co.za took a look at it.

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In a brief discussion, here's what amused South Africa the most during Parliament meetings:

Parliamentary brawl

While heated arguments are nothing new when opposition parties start quarrelling, physical altercations aren't a regular thing. House chair Thoko Didiza found it difficult to keep order in the building as the EFF and the DA kept acting unruly.

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'.

Gigaba quotes Kendrick Lamar

Malusi Gigaba is easily one of South Africa's most talked about members of Parliament as of late. Well, he used to be. Gigaba resigned as member of South Africa's Parliament about a month ago.

Gigaba was giving his first budget speech and said: "As urban poet Kendrick Lamar says: 'We gon' be right, we gon' be alright.'" It left Mzansi in stitches.

Shut up Steenhuisen

The South African head of state is usually one of the few politicians in the country that remains calm in parliament, but after the DA's Steenhuisen pressed the wrong buttons he finally snapped.

Ramaphosa was speaking about different countries that could be viewed as examples for land reform, however he cut himself off to tell the house he wanted Steenhuisen to be quiet before telling him to his face to shut up.

Dipstick in the wrong hole

Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli had Parliament members breaking out in laughter after he used a hilarious statement to tell the EFF they had their facts wrong.

"You've got your dipstick in the wrong hole. That's why you're getting a wrong reading," he told the EFF. Since then a video clip of the incident has gone viral on social media. What a little gem!

Mboweni predicted a photo of him sweating would be made public

Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, was speaking in Parliament when he wiped his forehead and predicted that a photo of him sweating will be seen by South Africa in no time, much to the amusement of President Ramaphosa.

In March this year, a photo that Mboweni shared of his face covered in sweat after eating chillies did indeed go viral, so he wasn't completely off the mark when he said that.

Candy Crush rehab

Once again Malusi Gigaba caused laughter in the Parliamentary seats. This time, he joked about his Candy Crush ‘addiction’ during his 2018 Budget Speech in Parliament in February.

Gigaba was snapped playing Candy Crush during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden State of the Nation Address.

The little finger gesture

And again we have Malusi Gigaba causing giggles and gasps in Parliament. Gigaba admitted to a kinky video of his being leaked after his phone was allegedly hacked. He claims it was the EFF who made sure the video made the rounds on social media.

EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was heard suggesting to President Cyril Ramaphosa that he gives his cabinet members cellphones without cameras, like the old Nokia phones.

While Ndlozi was busy throwing shade at Gigaba, the cameraman focused on the Home Affairs minister. Gigaba said nothing but he made an offensive gesture with his pinky finger, a reference other parliament members immediately got.

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There were certainly many more moments that had South Africa laughing, but these 7 are considered the funniest of them all.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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