- The EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Floyd Shivambu were forced to leave Parliament on Wednesday
- The pair was booted out of the chamber when they refused to retract a remark about Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba being a liar
- Gigaba failed to appear before Parliament on Wednesday after calling in sick
Chaos erupted in Parliament on Wednesday when the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) Members of Parliament (MPs) Floyd Shivambu and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi were kicked out of the National Assembly.
Shivambu is the deputy leader of the EFF and Ndlozi is widely seen as third in command, although his official title is national spokesperson for the party.
The pair refused to retract remarks they made about Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba being a liar.
Briefly.co.za gathered that after a heated debate between the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, and the two MPs which included a back and forth about retracting the statement, the sergeant at arms removed both from the National Assembly.
Gigaba was due to appear before MPs on Wednesday to answer questions, but he called in sick.
The newly reappointed Home Affairs Minister has come under fire for comments he made about the Guptas citizenship status during a media briefing on Tuesday.
Gigaba told reporters that Atul Gupta was not a South African citizen because he refused to surrender his Indian citizenship.
This claim has drawn wide criticism since records indicate that Atul Gupta was issued with a South African passport. The IEC also subsequently confirmed that he is currently a registered voter.
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