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EFF, DA MPs take ‘k-word’ altercation to Twitter

EFF MP Nazier Paulsen has been accused by the DA’s Yusuf Cassim of using the ‘k-word’ against him.

Picture: Twitter Inc.

CAPE TOWN - While a bitter exchange between an Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and a Democratic Alliance (DA) Members of Parliament (MPs) that allegedly involved the 'k-word' is headed for Parliament's Rules Committee, the war of words between the two lawmakers has continued on Twitter.

EFF MP Nazier Paulsen has been accused by the DA's Yusuf Cassim of using the 'k-word' against him during a budget vote debate earlier today.

Another Muslim MP, the NFP's Shaik Emam, had just launched a stinging attack on the DA, accusing it of oppressing Palestinians through its support for Israel.

House Chairperson Grace Boroto has ordered the whips from both parties to investigate and to put the matter before Parliament's Rules Committee.

Is this a racist attack, or a religious spat among Muslim MPs over the middle-east conflict?

Boroto tried to call Paulsen to order but he was adamant that Cassim swore at him.

"You swore at me! K#%&&@r"

Paulsen has tweeted that he used the Arabic word, 'Kafir', which refers to a non-believer.

Paulsen says he was referring to Cassim's "lack of humanity towards Palestinians".

Cassim's shot back on Twitter, claiming Paulsen both swore at him and used the 'k-word'.

@Nazier_Paulsen @geordinhl @YusufCassim

And that word sparked the creation of the K-word.

STOP JUSTIFYING! pic.twitter.com/cxoyxafyZp

The DA, which has come under fire after people in its own fold have made racist utterances, is threatening to report Paulsen to the Human Rights Commission and Parliament's Ethics Committee.