- UDM leader Bantu Holomisa shook hands with DA leader Mmusi Maimane after his SONA debate speech
- Holomisa appeared to rebuff an attempt by the DA chief whip, John Steenhuisen, to shake hands
- The UDM leader later apologised to Steenhuisen saying he did not see him behind Maimane
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) chief whip, John Steenhuisen, is somewhat of a legend in the halls of power and particularly in the chamber of the National Assembly.
Steenhuisen’s whit, lighting quick rebuttals and roasting of ANC officials has over the years provided South Africans with entertainment value by the bucket load.
It, therefore, seems only fair that every so often (very rarely actually) the tables are turned and Steenhuisen becomes the subject of a funny moment.
Briefly.co.za discovered such a moment happened after UDM leader Bantu Holomisa’s SONA debate speech. After stepping down from the podium Holomisa walked past the DA benches where he shook hands with DA leader Mmusi Maimane.
At this point Steenhuisen could be seen stretching out his hand in an obvious attempt to shake hands with Holomisa, unfortunately for Steenhuisen the UDM leader seemed to ignore him and walked back to his own seat.
South African social media users have as usual come up with hilarious memes and comments about the apparent rebuttal by Holomisa.
Holomisa later apologised after both men started trending on Twitter. Holomisa said he simply did not see Steenhuisen standing behind Maimane.
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