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During the question and answer session in Parliament yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa lost his temper after the Democratic Alliance’s John Steenhuisen repeatedly interrupted him.

Ramaphosa was talking about the local economy and that land reform is being accelerated. He said that not only is expropriation necessary, but it’s also become urgent. Ultimately though, Steenhuisen’s intrusion irked the president enough to lash out: “You look at Brazil, a number of countries in South Asia… and shut up you Steenhuisen and listen. You look around the world… I want you to shut up. I really want you to shut up because you continue to make a noise.”

In response, Steenhuisen said, “The honourable president told me to shut up. I’d like him to answer but ‘shut up’ is unparliamentary. If you’re going to hurl the EFF members out for telling him to deliver his speech, the rule must apply to him. He must withdraw.”

“I’m prepared to withdraw,” responded Ramaphosa.

See how it unfolded in the video below.

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