The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has appealed to the members of the Pan-African Parliament to “recover their composure” after scuffles were reported in Monday’s session.
He tweeted that the “shocking scenes of violence” had tarnished “the image of this honourable institution”.
The scuffles were at a session set to elect a new leader for the continental body.
Local media in South Africa, where the sessions are held, reported that blows were exchanged during the scuffles.
The Pan-African Parliament, also known as the African parliament, is the legislative body of the African Union.
It has been touted as a “political transitory arrangement towards the United States of Africa”.