President Cyril Ramaphosa in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Picture: GCIS

Cape Town - It was a tense afternoon in Parliament as scuffles broke out between an EFF MP and an Agang MP. 

This fight happened just minutes after EFF MPs and DA MPs charged towards each other during President Cyril Ramaphosa's question and answer session in Parliament on Tuesday afternoon. 

House chair Thoko Didiza struggled to keep the house in order as EFF members chanted "racists" while pointing fingers towards DA MPs, while DA MPS chanted "pay back the money" towards EFF MPs.

The exchanged was triggered when DA chief whip John Steenhuisen called EFF MPs "VBS looters". EFF leader Julius Malema responded by calling Steenhuisen racist. 

The second fight, which followed minutes later, broke out between an MP from Agang Andries Tlouamma and EFF MP Nazier Paulsen. Swearing could be heard from one of the individuals.

The two had to be separated by other MPs, and the House chair could be heard calling for Parliamentary protection officers - known as "white shirts" to intervene.

Didiza had to suspended proceedings for a few minutes and said she would be in discussion with chief whips from the DA and EFF. 

Tlouamma and the EFF MP were later removed from the house following the scuffle.