Tensions flare in Parliament as ANC MP allegedly calls EFF MP dumb

Tensions flare in Parliament as ANC MP allegedly calls EFF MP dumb

- An EFF MP had to be physically restrained after an argument broke out in Parliament

- This began when an ANC MP allegedly called the EFF member dumb

- The two traded insults back and forth before the EFF MP charged the ANC member

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Tension broke out during the budget vote debate on correctional services in Parliament on Wednesday.

Sparks flew after EFF MP Makoti Khawula complained that no translation service from English to Zulu had been provided for Justice Minister Ronald Lamola's speech.

In response, MP Khaya Magaxa reportedly called Khawula "dumb".

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This resulted in a flurry of insults, and Khawula had to be restrained from physically attacking Magaxa, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

Additionally, Khawula allegedly called Magaxa a donkey, among other insults. Khawula then charged toward Magaxa, but was held back by other EFF members, according to Times Live.  

House Chair Madala Ntombela then intervened and said that Khawula's behaviour was "unacceptable". Consequently, he urged Khawula to withdraw her comments about Magaxa.

However, Ntombela slammed Magaxa too and demanded that the MP apologise to Khawula. 

EFF MP Natasha Ntlangwini joined the fray as well, asking that Magaxa be prevented from insulting Khawula in future. She also said that the issue of translation not being provided was a long-standing one.

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This is the latest of several tense moments since the sixth Parliament began. Just last week, for example, the EFF disrupted Pravin Gordhan's speech and hurled insults at the Public Enterprises Minister.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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