- In a video clip, Julius Malema and Cyril Ramaphosa can be seen laughing together
- They shared a chuckle after the president teased Malema about his red overalls
- The moment made for a brief moment of civility following a week of EFF invective against Ramaphosa and Pravin Gordhan
A video has surfaced on social media which shows President Cyril Ramaphosa sharing a laugh with EFF leader Julius Malema and party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.
The trio traded jokes this week in Parliament after a budgetary vote debate.
The interaction was all the more surprising, given that the EFF has been highly critical of Ramaphosa (as well as his ally, Pravin Gordhan) in recent weeks.
In the video, Ramaphosa can be heard making jokes about the EFF members' red overalls, Briefly.co.za has gathered. However, rather than leading to an exchange of insults, Malema and Ndlozi laughed at the presidents remarks, according to The South African.
Over the last few days, Malema the EFF have railed against Pravin Gordhan, demanding that he step aside until hsi name is cleared. They have also criticised Ramaphosa for failing to take disciplinary action against the Public Enterprises Minister, despite the Public Protector's recommendation that he do so.
These political battles were put on pause, at least for a moment, while the politicians had a laugh. This is not the first time that Malema has laughed at Ramaphosa's jokes, however.
Notably, Ramaphosa teased Malema during the opening remarks of his first SONA speech earlier this year. Malema responded to Ramaphosa's comments with a smile, and many suggested that this move stopped the EFF leader from attempting to disrupt the president's speech.
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