Later in the same meeting, EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu asked Gigaba why he was offended by the question on his nationality.
He asked at the time: “What is offensive when people ask you about your nationality? It happens every day when we apply for visas, and when we travel people ask us about our nationalities. Where were you born? Even the visa application specifies where your father was born.
Isn’t this an opportunity for you to clarify where you were born and where your father was born? What is offensive about that?” In response, Gigaba said: “What is offensive about it, honourable chairperson, is I know for a fact that the source of your question is as malicious as the extensive vilification campaign to which I have been subjected for political reasons.