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Shivambu apologises for showing Ramaphosa the middle finger

Shivambu said he raised his middle finger to show his disgust at the loss of workers' lives at Marikana.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu showing deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa middle finger in Parliament on 17 September 2014. Picture: Twitter via @Gareth EdwardsSA.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu has given an unconditional apology for showing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa the middle finger in September.

Shivambu made the gesture after he and EFF leader Julius Malema were ordered to leave the National Assembly when Ramaphosa was answering questions by Members of Parliament (MP).

He was captured on Parliamentary television footage.

In a statement, Shivambu said he raised his middle finger at the deputy president to show his disgust at the loss of workers' lives at Marikana.

Malema also told Ramaphosa he had blood on his hands and Shivambu accused him of being a murderer.

Ramaphosa spent two days on the stand at the Farlam Commission of Inquiry earlier this year, answering questions about his involvement in the days leading up to the shooting.

He was a non-executive director at Lonmin Platinum at the time.

The deputy president was heckled by a group of angry miners who accused him of having blood on his hands.

Shivambu's conduct was reported to Parliament's Powers and Privileges Committee which is conducting the disciplinary hearing into 20 EFF MPs charged with disrupting President Jacob Zuma's question and answer time in August.

He wrote to speaker Baleka Mbete earlier today asking permission to address the house on the matter and was allowed to go ahead a short while ago.

"I wanted to rise and apologise for showing the deputy president the middle finger in this house."

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