PARLIAMENT – EFF MP Nazier Paulsen hurled abuse at DA MP Yusuf Cassim in Parliament on Tuesday, calling him a “kafir” – an Arabic word for a non-believer or infidel – as opposed to “k****r.
The two MP had a heated exchange during a debate on the Department of International Relations and Co-operation’s budget.
It would appear that the exchange happened when National Freedom Party MP Shaik Emam accused the DA of oppressing Palestinians through its support for Israel.
Cassim rose on a point of order and told the house: “This honourable member from the EFF has just walked up to me and swear (sic) at me…”
Paulsen shouted at Cassim, calling him a, “Zionist, sell-out kafir”.
Emam later told the house the word “kafir” meant non-believer.
But chairperson Mmatlala Grace Boroto said she was not able to hear everything and asked the two to submit written submissions of the exchange to the rules committee.
ANC MP Naledi Pandor told the debate the two had been engaged in an altercation for some time.
“Both were involved. I was observing… quite closely. Honourable Paulsen sat down and was quiet and the honourable (Cassim) member said something which caused the honourable Paulsen to stand up,” Pandor said.