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Ele­phan­tine flop

Mr Week­end Spe­cial, AKA Co­op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance Min­is­ter Des van Rooyen, heads a depart­ment that saw a whop­ping 184% in­crease in ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture.

The spe­cial one, de­scribed by Num­ber One as “the most qual­i­fied un­wanted fi­nance min­is­ter”, en­gaged MPs about the re­port. Af­ter he iden­ti­fied the Com­mu­nity Works Pro­gramme as be­ing “the ele­phant in the room” re­spon­si­ble for most of the ir­reg­u­lar ex­pen­di­ture, he added: “I am happy to re­port the ele­phant has fallen. Now we just need to de­cide how to eat it.” Where does our Prez get th­ese peo­ple?

Crack the whip

ANC chief whip Jack­son Mthembu was given a mes­sage by ANC MPs that they do not recog­nise his author­ity. While they turned up to de­feat a DA mo­tion of no con­fi­dence against Num­ber One, they stayed away when it came to sup­port­ing a bill tabled by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han.

De­spite mak­ing at­ten­dance com­pul­sory and send­ing SMS re­minders, they gave him the mid­dle finger and the Di­vi­sion of Rev­enue Bill was not passed – fail­ing for a sec­ond time be­cause of the lack of a quo­rum.

Mthembu, who has be­rated the Prez, now knows that you don’t mess with Msholozi with­out pay­ing the price.

PHOTO: LULAMA ZENZILE

SPA TALK David Mahlobo

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