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Rooyen ridicule Down with love
The infamous Des van Rooyen was at it again this week, providing comic relief to the ANC cabinet lekgotla.
Before he could even say a word, the whole lot of government officials and ANC leaders cracked up when Speaker Baleka Mbete introduced him.
But things were about to get worse for Van Rooyen when the screen went blank just as he tried to do a presentation.
Apparently an embarrassed Van Rooyen tried to make light of it, saying: “I hope the rand does not fall as a result!” Des! Oh, Des! Speaking of light relief and love, that president of the ANC Youth League whose name Siyahleba cannot remember seems to be finding his groove, as he provided quotable quotes in an interview with City Press.
Asked about his uncomfortably close relationship with leaders of the mother body ANC, he said: “We are not in a show called All You Need Is Love, where we must then love them. We are not in love with anybody. It’s us understanding what we must do as the youth league. So there is a twin task of engaging and defending.”
Someone please take this fellow seriously already. This week, 20-year-old Kagiso Rabada captivated the nation. During a lacklustre test series for the Proteas, Rabada was a breath of fresh air as he bowled himself into the record books. He claimed the most wickets in the series (22), the best bowling figures (13/144), and became the youngest Protea to take more than 10 wickets, along with the Centurion bowling record.