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Wordly wise Gar­bled mes­sage

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Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly Baleka Mbete had her hands full try­ing to con­tain the EFF, who were run­ning rings around her when it came to us­ing the rules of the House to their ad­van­tage.

The red brigade were also sar­cas­tic about an award she re­cently re­ceived in the US. EFF leader Juju said that if she lis­tened and recog­nised him, she was bound to win more awards.

But Mbete, to­tally ex­as­per­ated and hav­ing none of it, re­torted: “I am not want­ing to lis­ten.”

What’s the use of good gram­mar when you are un­der at­tack? DA MP Manny de Fre­itas’ Madeiran out­fit was news­wor­thy enough to de­serve a me­dia state­ment – in his own es­teemed opin­ion.

The rea­son? He said his garb was “a first for the SA Par­lia­ment”. The praise con­tin­ued: “De Fre­itas’ at­tire demon­strated our rain­bow na­tion, which in­cludes im­mi­grants and their de­scen­dants from all over the world.”

He con­tin­ued “that his love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of his cul­tural roots takes noth­ing away from his pa­tri­o­tism for South Africa, just like the love for one’s father takes noth­ing away from the love of one’s mother”. Hold the presses... Bal­let dancer Leroy Mok­ga­tle put South Africa on the in­ter­na­tional map when he be­came only the se­cond lo­cal to be awarded a schol­ar­ship to study at one of 66 Prix de Lau­sanne part­ner schools and com­pa­nies.

He has an in­vi­ta­tion from the Alvin Ai­ley Amer­i­can Dance Theatre in New York, which he can take up once he has com­pleted his school­ing. Bravo!

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