Fight nearly breaks out between ANC and EFF in Parliament over insults

Fight nearly breaks out between ANC and EFF in Parliament over insults

- The EFF says that ANC insults sparked a near-fight between the party's MPs in the National Assembly this week

- The Red Berets have since apologised for the incident

- The insults and provocations suggest that the 6th Parliament may be a tense one.

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Earlier this week, the EFF provoked a physical altercation in Parliament.

While an actual scuffle did not break out, the Red Berets and members of the ANC seemed poised to do so.

An EFF MP claims the tensions began after she received insults from the ANC benches.

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"They alluded to me as an 'intombazana' [a young girl]," said EFF MP Tebogo Mokwele, according to The South African.

Mokwele says an unnamed ANC MP began making comments while she was speaking in the National Assembly. This sparked the ire of the EFF and tensions quickly reached a boiling point.

A full-blown fight was reportedly averted because Speaker Thandi Modise intervened. Modise got between the two sparring factions and slammed the MPs, saying she was "ashamed" of their conduct.

Later, Mokwele apologised for the tensions and claimed that the EFF had never intended to engage in any violence. 

Shouting matches and even scuffles are not uncommon in the National Assembly. During the later years of the Zuma presidency, in particular, several fights broke out between EFF and ANC MPs, has gathered.

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Previously, the EFF had also threatened to disrupt Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA speech.

They failed to do so earlier this year but, with Ramaphosa's next address around the corner, they may still deliver on their promise.

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