MPs kicked out of debate

Two MPs refused to retract statements that Pieter Groenewald of the FF+ is a land thief.

Two MPs refused to retract statements that Pieter Groenewald of the FF+ is a land thief.

CAPE TOWN - Two Members of Parliament were kicked out of a heated debate on Wednesday regarding the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform's budget vote.

They were told to leave after refusing to retract their statements which called the Freedom Front Plus's Pieter Groenewald a land thief.

The Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti opened the debate in the National Assembly chamber earlier, but emotions ran high when it was Groenwald's chance to speak.

Groenewald ruffled more than a few feathers with his contribution to the debate.

He said if land was indeed stolen in this country, then black people were guilty of robbing the Khoisan.

The African National Congress's Mandla Mandela accused Groenewald of distorting history.

However, when the Economic Freedom Fighters's Andile Mngxitama labelled Groenewald a land thief, the chairperson intervened.

"Withdraw the statement. In this house you will not call another member a thief."

It's not the first time Mngxitama and Groenewald have clashed in Parliament.

The pair reportedly almost came to blows outside of the assembly building last month.