Word for word: Read what Shivambu said about Momoniat on Tuesday

EFF MP Floyd Shivambu (City Press)
EFF MP Floyd Shivambu (City Press)

Cape Town - Economic Freedom Fighters chief whip Floyd Shivambu has faced multiple rebukes for remarks he made on Tuesday in a committee meeting, where he questioned the presence of National Treasury deputy director Ismail Momoniat.

Shivambu asked why Momoniat attended finance oversight committee meetings, and accused him of having a superiority complex which did not allow him to take orders from African seniors.

Both the committee and National Treasury released statements condemning Shivambu's remarks. The EFF, meanwhile, defended their deputy president. 

On Thursday, in another committee meeting, Shivambu denied censoring Momoniat and demanded an apology from the committee's chair Yunus Carrim. 

On Thursday Shivambu took exception to the statement released by the committee, which labelled what he said to Momoniat a "crude attack" and "inconsistent with the non-racial principles". 

Shivambu said the committee's statement criticising his remarks was "absolute nonsense".

He said it implied he said someone could not speak before the committee on the basis of their race, which he has denied. 

Here's a play by play transcription of the exchange from Tuesday's meeting:


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