Pandor is ar­ro­gant and hos­tile, says Madisha

CityPress - - News - ANDISIWE MAKINANA andisiwe.makinana@city­press.co.za

Though deputy pres­i­dent of the Congress of the Peo­ple Wil­lie Madisha ad­mits his mock­ing of Min­is­ter Naledi Pandor’s ac­cent was an aber­ra­tion, he will not apol­o­gise.

Madisha shocked Par­lia­ment this week when he made an­i­mal noises and mocked Pandor’s English ac­cent dur­ing a heated de­bate in the Na­tional As­sem­bly on Wed­nes­day evening.

This was af­ter Pandor, who rose on a point of or­der, drew the at­ten­tion of pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer Thoko Didiza to the fact that Madisha, who had been in­structed to with­draw an un­par­lia­men­tary com­ment, had not done so.

“I was very an­gry in Par­lia­ment. My anger could and may be re­peated. I am not sorry about it,” Madisha said.

In his in­put on the de­bate about the min­eral re­sources bud­get vote, Madisha re­ferred to me­dia re­ports that Speaker Baleka Mbete was given shares worth R25 mil­lion in gold min­ing firm Gold Fields in an al­legedly cor­rupt trans­ac­tion.

Didiza rep­ri­manded Madisha for this and told him to with­draw the com­ment.

He re­fused, in­sist­ing it was the truth. When he even­tu­ally with­drew it, he said he would with­draw “the truth”.

De­fence Min­is­ter No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula sug­gested that the par­lia­men­tary bar close at 6pm on days when there was a late ses­sion be­cause the ef­fects of the open bar were play­ing them­selves out in the House.

On Fri­day, Madisha sought to dis­pel the no­tion that he was drunk, say­ing the brain op­er­a­tion he had un­der­gone was also ir­rel­e­vant.

“I do not even drink. In­stead, there are some in the ANC benches who drink so much I had to drive them to doc­tors and to the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

Madisha said he was “par­tic­u­larly galled” by what Pandor did and the man­ner in which she had done it, adding he had re­acted to un­war­ranted provo­ca­tion.

“Min­is­ter Pandor never knows when to leave well alone. She hec­tors and be­lit­tles. She as­sumes a su­pe­ri­or­ity that grates. Her tone is ar­ro­gant and hos­tile,” he said in a state­ment.

Madisha ac­cused Pandor of us­ing her min­is­te­rial sta­tus to sti­fle de­bate, es­pe­cially when it re­lated to gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion.

Pandor’s spokesper­son, Lunga Ngqen­gelele, did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment yes­ter­day.

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