'I absolutely refuse to apologise to Mr Shivambu or anybody about my brown skin'

EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu has been slammed following a heated exchange in Parliament on Tuesday during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance.

Shivambu on Tuesday objected to the presence of Treasury’s Ismail Momoniat at a finance committee meeting because he was "un-African".

WATCH: EFF's Shivambu's comments are race baiting 101- Eusebius McKaiser

Despite widespread condemnation, Shivambu has denied racially attacking deputy director-general.

The committee's chair Yunus Carrim has defended Momoniat's role as an outstanding public servant.

Carrim says Shivambu is undermining the non-racial principles that underpin democracy. He adds that he will never apologise for the colour of his skin.

Carrim says there are other means to address issues about diversity within Treasury’s senior ranks.

The committee unanimously condemned Mr Shivambu's behaviour today, across the political parties present.

Yunus Carrim, Chairperson at Standing Committee on Finance 

His attack on Mr Momoniat was very personal and unwarranted and doesn't contribute towards the non-racial principles that underpin a transformative agenda.

Yunus Carrim, Chairperson at Standing Committee on Finance 

I absolutely refuse to apologise to Mr Shivambu or anybody about my brown skin.

Yunus Carrim, Chairperson at Standing Committee on Finance 

Mr Shivambu is right to focus on the need for transformation within the financial sector and Treasury, but he wasn't right to attack Mr Momoniat the way he did simply on the grounds of his DNA.

Yunus Carrim, Chairperson at Standing Committee on Finance 

Meanwhile, Shivambu insists that his comments were not racist and remains unapologetic about his criticism of Momoniat.

Take a listen to him share his views:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
[WATCH] EFF's Shivambu's comments are race baiting 101- Eusebius McKaiser

[WATCH] EFF's Shivambu's comments are race baiting 101- Eusebius McKaiser

Eusebius says if the EFF continues on this path, the IEC should add a line on the ballot paper saying 'none of the above'.

Deployment of Julius Malema seems to bring hope to Pan African Parliament

Deployment of Julius Malema seems to bring hope to Pan African Parliament

EWN Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish gives an update on the opening of Pan African Parliament.

[WATCH] Shivambu 'scuffle'  - Eusebius McKaiser calls out 'silent' journalists

[WATCH] Shivambu 'scuffle' - Eusebius McKaiser calls out 'silent' journalists

Eusebius McKaiser shares his disappointment in fellow journalists for their silence around Tuesday's incident outside Parliament.

Political Desk: Is Floyd Shivambu showing us his true colours?

Political Desk: Is Floyd Shivambu showing us his true colours?

Political journalist Qaanitah Hunter says its interesting to see how politicians act when they are not scripted.

Journalist involved in 'scuffle' with EFF's Floyd Shivambu will press charges

Journalist involved in 'scuffle' with EFF's Floyd Shivambu will press charges

Bongani Bingwa speaks to Netwerk24 multimedia journalist Adrian de Kock following his scuffle with EFF's Floyd Shivambu.

While we note his apology, we can't let Shivambu's actions slide  - PGA

While we note his apology, we can't let Shivambu's actions slide - PGA

The Parliamentary Press Gallery Association says it has written to the speaker of the National Assembly to act on the matter.

EFF must condemn Shivambu's actions - SANEF

EFF must condemn Shivambu's actions - SANEF

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu was caught on camera harassing News 24 journalist, Adrian de Kock.

VIDEO: EFF's Floyd Shivambu caught assaulting journo

VIDEO: EFF's Floyd Shivambu caught assaulting journo

EFF's Floyd Shivambu was caught on camera assaulting a journalist outside Parliament and has since apologised in statement.

Popular articles
Don't fall into an IMF debt trap Tito Mboweni! - political commentator

Don't fall into an IMF debt trap Tito Mboweni! - political commentator

Oscar van Heerden on the reasons he believes South Africa should not turn to the IMF for a general loan amid Covid-19 crisis.

SA-animated 'Zog' wins International Emmy for Best Kids Animation

SA-animated 'Zog' wins International Emmy for Best Kids Animation

The short film about a clumsy young dragon was co-directed by a South African and animated in Cape Town.

COVID-19 positive cases now 1,585, nine deaths confirmed

COVID-19 positive cases now 1,585, nine deaths confirmed

As stated by the Department of Health, this is an increase of 80 from the cases reported on Friday.

Could SA student's bug-killing coating innovation be applied for Covid-19?

Could SA student's bug-killing coating innovation be applied for Covid-19?

Michael Lucas on his self-sanitising technology and why it could also play a role in a post-pandemic world against superbugs.

'No amount of provocation by community should result in law enforcement abuse'

'No amount of provocation by community should result in law enforcement abuse'

Reverend Chris Nissen says more civil society monitoring is needed to keep the volatile lockdown situation in check.

Lockdown boredom draining your kids? Four simple ways to keep them entertained

Lockdown boredom draining your kids? Four simple ways to keep them entertained

From painting without brushes to whipping up yummy snacks, Nikki Bush has the lowdown on creative adventures for the youngsters.

Gen. Viljoen 'demobilised conservative resistance to transition' - Ramaphosa

Gen. Viljoen 'demobilised conservative resistance to transition' - Ramaphosa

FF Plus founder and former defence force chief General Constand Viljoen died on Friday at the age of 86.

Internet speeds should normalise: Repairs to 2nd undersea cable completed

Internet speeds should normalise: Repairs to 2nd undersea cable completed

Post-recovery checks have been done and Wacs is back in operation.

At least seven WC schools vandalised, burgled during lockdown so far

At least seven WC schools vandalised, burgled during lockdown so far

WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond urges communities to be on the lookout as much as they can within shutdown regulations.

[WATCH] Journalists soldier on updating the nation during lockdown

[WATCH] Journalists soldier on updating the nation during lockdown

Frontline heroes: Eyewitness News unpacks a working day in the lives of journalists during the lockdown.