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Rooyen ridicule Down with love

CityPress - - Voices -

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.

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