But their plan fell apart within minutes when the chairperson of the National Assembly‚ Thoko Didiza‚ ruled their argument out of order.
Didiza said their objections were inconsistent with the rules‚ which then forced them to resort to frequently raising points of order in a clear attempt to frustrate the free flow of the debate.
Dirks led the barrage of points of order‚ even referring to Steenhuisen's love life during his time as a KwaZulu-Natal politician several years ago.
"Can the honourable member tell the people of KZN that he left the legislature because he serviced his colleague's wife?" asked Dirks as opposition MPs jeered him.
Steenhuisen hit back: "Oliver Tambo must be turning in his grave when he sees the quality of ANC MPs sitting on these benches‚ that's the best they can come up with. This is a man who can't even pay his municipal rates accounts when he was a deputy mayor."