Amid the punches and violence, president Jacob Zuma still managed to laugh his way through a question and answer session in the National Assembly on Tuesday.
The president’s laughter in Parliament has become as customary as the Economic Freedom Fighters being thrown out of it.
“My Laughing is not hurtful, it’s healthy,” Zuma has said during a previous session. “I don’t know how to stop my laughter, is it hurting?”
The president’s laughter, however has angered opposition MPs, who believe that the president does not take questions brought up in the House seriously.
At one point during the Q&A session on Tuesday, John Steenhuisen, Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance could be heard insulting the president while he was at the podium. “You’re a joke,” he said.
“You must laugh if I’m a joke. Why don’t you laugh?” the president retorted, chuckling away.
The president’s laugh sent the House into a frenzy.