| The weird world of politics
He’s ‘got this’ Comrade Delela
You can never accuse South Africans of lacking a sense of humour. Amid the frustration and anger at the firing of Nene, someone created a parody Twitter account of the new minister.
Among its gems were: “Thank you for your well-wishes, my friends & comrades. You are all getting closer to the top of the tender list!
“Not even my first day on the job and the rand is already at a record high! This gig is gonna be a piece of Woolies red velvet cake #Asijiki!”
And Siyahleba’s favourite: “Everybody just chill. I got this.” When Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli told EFF MPs “niyadelela” (you are cheeky), he never expected the rebuke would trend on social networks and go global.
Juju uttered the word ‘delela’ 30 times in a three-minute rant after that, during which he demanded that Tsenoli withdraw the term. It trended on Twitter and the clip became popular.
A laughing Tsenoli told journalists he was surprised during a recent Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meeting when a deputy speaker from the UK referred to him as “Mr Delela”. Delegates addressed him as “Comrade Delela”. If Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gets his way, all South Africans could have access to the same healthcare services. In an attempt to get to that ideal place on health matters, Motsoaledi announced that ambulances – private or public – would be branded with the same colour and have a single emergency number for everyone – rich and poor.