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Shivambu ordered to leave National Assembly Chamber

Floyd Shivambu was defending the EFF's repeated use of the word 'Zupta' during today’s plenary.

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu. Picture: Screengrab.

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Chief Whip Floyd Shivambu was earlier ordered to leave the National Assembly Chamber after he defended the use of the word "Zupta" in Parliament.

Shivambu, who clashed with Speaker Baleka Mbete over the issue, referred to Mbete by her name, instead of her designation; a slight she took exception to.

In an environment where the terms "honourable members" and "madam chair" are the acceptable references, MPs take offence when they're referred to by their names.

That was the case today when Shivambu clashed with Mbete.

"You have no right to call me by my first name and in fact, you must leave the Chamber honourable Shivambu."

Shivambu then walked out unassisted.

The EFF coined the word to refer to the links between President Jacob Zuma and the influential Gupta family.

The party claims the president is under the sway of the Guptas.