Picture: North West Premier,Supra Mahumapelo
Speaker Baleka Mbete read out the apology for an incident she claimed this week she’d never even heard.
North West premier Supra Mahumapelo has written to Speaker of parliament Baleka Mbete, tendering an apology to DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen on Thursday.
Mbete read the letter before members of parliament – to which they clapped hands when she was done. In the letter, the premier apologised for having overreacted during an “altercation” with the DA’s chief whip. He said that his actions had been unjustifiable and he “unreservedly apologises”.
“We have received a letter from the Honourable S.O.R Mahumapelo, premier of the North West Province. The premier has apologised for not being able to attend today in this session. In the letter, the premier states the following, among others:
“On the occasion of Sona, there was an unfortunate off-the-record altercation between myself and and honourable Steenhuisen of the DA. I must say I regret for having overreacted to the honourable member concerned, and my actions were not justifiable and I profusely and unreservedly apologise.”
During the state of the nation address (Sona), Steenhuisen raised his view on how unfit President Jacob Zuma was and how he had allegedly “broken the country”. In response, Mahumapelo shouted the F-word, and also called the DA chief whip in parliament a racist.
Zuma is giving answers to the debate about the Sona that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. He had delivered his Sona on Thursday last week.