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Zuma’s Q&A session marred by flaring tempers, accusations

Earlier, tempers flared in the National Assembly before Jacob Zuma had to answer questions.

FILE: There was fierce debate over the order of questions to be put to the president. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has been accused of violating the separation of powers by allowing Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to leave the country during the African Union (AU) summit.

During the president's question and answer session, Democratic Alliance's (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane asked Zuma to explain why al-Bashir was allowed to leave after promising in Parliament in 2010 to respect international law.

"Mr President, you said South Africa respects international law and certainly are signatories and we would abide by the law."

Zuma responded saying the Sudanese president was in South Africa on AU business.

"Al-Bashir didn't come to South Africa by invitation of South Africa. He came here to do continental business; we have no right to violate the AU rules."

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s Natasha Louw interrupted proceedings when clashing with the Freedom Front Plus's Pieter Groenewald.

"I will not tolerate that a white man... I will not be spoken to like that. How dare he? He's swearing here, if he wants to be 'moered' then let's go outside and 'moer' each other."

WATCH: EFF member Natasha Louw asks FFP's Pieter Groenewald if they should go outside to moer each other.

EFF leader Julius Malema treaded lightly during the presidents question and answer session amid warnings that unruly MPs would be removed from the house.

Malema carefully gave his opinion.

"When the rule to remove members from Parliament was passed and supported by the DA they said they wanted to ask the question about al-Bashir and then what? The question was answered."

WATCH: President Jacob Zuma gets taken on by Julius Malema over the extradition of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

However, the EFF's Mbuyiseni Ndlozi didn't hold back.

"The president must respect the rules of this house so call him to order, don't be afraid, call him to order because he is out of order; otherwise we will get security to remove him."

Meanwhile, tempers flared in the National Assembly before Zuma had to answer questions.

There was fierce debate over the order of questions to be put to the president.

EFF accused speaker Baleka Mbete of placing their question about Nkandla last on the paper so that it wouldn't be heard.

Ndlozi said, "We want our question to be prioritised because it's as important being the third largest party in this house; that is all we are saying."

The Democratic Alliance's John Steenhuisen disagreed.

"You can't come here and change things around. We will get to the EFF's question… there is no limitation on the president's time, so whether we sit here till 10 o'clock this evening, we will get to the EFF's question."

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