'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".

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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.

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