Renaldo Gouws, a Democratic Alliance MP, has issued an apology for his racist and homophobic remarks in old clips that resurfaced over the weekend.

Prior to his apology, Gouws told offended tweeps to take a Panado for chest pains in a now-deleted tweet.

The controversy has sparked a petition to remove him as an MP, which is gaining momentum.

The petition now has over 36,000 thousand signatures according to a published news articke