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He’s ‘got this’ Com­rade Delela

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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.

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