The Economic Freedom Fighters have issued an apology for their members' involvement in a scuffle during a parliamentary induction session. The EFF had gotten into a squabble with fellow ANC MPs during training earlier this week.
The EFF has apologised for the behaviour of its members in a clash during an induction sitting earlier this week.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that ANC and EFF MPs had nearly come to blows during the sitting, with Parliament condemning the scuffle as 'unbecoming'.
DA MP Annelie Lotriet had chaired the orientation session, commenting that:
“One of the new EFF MPs starting asking a question but it was wasn’t really a question, it was more of an insulting sort of thing to the ANC, and then they got very agitated about that and then I asked the EFF to remain quiet for a bit so I could deal with the ANC."
EFF MP Tebogo Mokwele claims that an ANC counterpart had referred to her as a 'young girl', with her fellow party members simply coming to her defence:
“He alluded to me as an intombazana... you think you are special, we are here as the ANC, we are going to beat, zokushaya... like those arrogant words, like you are looking for war."
eNCA reports that ANC MP Mondli Gungubele had attempted to stop the fight, with the MP commenting that:
“It’s a historic thing when tempers get sparked up with politicians, it's no different to what happens usually, but I didn’t expect it to happen during an induction."
National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise had managed to diffuse the situation, with people applauding her for her actions.
The EFF has since apologised, saying that it had not been their intention to react the way they did. Meanwhile, the Speaker's offices says that there would be no action taken against those involved, deeming the firm tongue-lashing they got from Modise punishment enough.
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