Twitter has exploded with comments about EFF's Floyd Shivambu's question to Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba about his nationality.
Many are of the opinion that questions about which country MPs come from are xenophobic, while still others believe that as the Minister of Home Affairs, it should be necessary for Gigaba to be South African.
The other side of the debate is based on racial discrimination, with many accusing the EFF of hypocrisy, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The argument is that the EFF based their stance on radical transformation to do away with colonial remnants in South Africa, but they're still judging other Africans based on borders set down by colonialists.
The editor of the Star Newspaper, Mathanda Ncube, posted a tweet that addressed this, and asked if xenophobia had officially entered Parliament.
"Last week: Duduzane isn't South African enough because he was born in Mozambique. That's why he's a 'criminal'," Ncube wrote.
"This week: Gigaba is too dark to be South African. Plus he's a "criminal". So he must be Zimbabwean.
"Street gossip and naked xenophobia entering the august house."
A Zimbabwean Twitter user, offered to swap Gigaba for for Grace Mugabe, and although the comment was humorous, a response by the same user to another question, revealed that xenophobia has far-reaching effects.
"Yes lm zimbo and its painfull to be viewd as epitome of all bad things in the region [sic]," he tweeted.
Hopefully the EFF will listen to the outcry and stop making sweeping statements related to race or nationality.
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