Nel, De Lille get a roast­ing for re­sign­ing

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The coun­try’s co­me­di­ans have been in­sult­ing each other big time as part of the req­ui­site ver­bal thrust-and­parry that de­fines TV chan­nel Com­edy Cen­tral’s Roast Bat­tle ev­ery Monday night. City Press has played its part in keep­ing the hu­morists hard at work by get­ting them to in­sult ev­ery­one from US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to those in­volved in the ANC’s al­leged elec­tion war room. Ahead of the fifth episode to­mor­row, we have made it the DA’s turn to get roasted, given this week’s al­le­ga­tions of a lead­er­ship bat­tle in the Western Cape, fu­elled by the res­ig­na­tion of pro­vin­cial chair Pa­tri­cia de Lille, who quit to fo­cus on her role as mayor of Cape Town. Co­me­dian Gavin Kelly sug­gested sis’ Pat strike out on her own. “Pa­tri­cia de Lille should start her own party called WDA – Win­dow Dress­ing Al­liance,” he said. “Bonginkosi Madik­izela [De Lille’s deputy chair­per­son] will be re­plac­ing her. Good luck to white peo­ple on pro­nounc­ing that name.” Eben­haezer Dibak­wane of­fered this barb: “De Lille said she wanted to fo­cus her en­ergy on her du­ties as mayor and spread the suc­cess of the City of Cape Town. The town­ships will have to be strong, though. Fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of their coloured fig­ures, the DA and [ven­tril­o­quist] Conrad Koch are both in search of new pup­pets.” Co­me­dian Alyn Adams brought up this week’s other news story in his roast: the res­ig­na­tion of top pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Ger­rie Nel to head up a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tions team for Afrikaner civil so­ci­ety group AfriFo­rum. “I know Pa­tri­cia de Lille started in the PAC [Pan African­ist Congress], then shifted to the ID [In­de­pen­dent Democrats] and then wound up in the DA, but there’s no truth in the ru­mour that she has re­signed from the Western Cape lead­er­ship to pur­sue in­de­pen­dent pros­e­cu­tions with AfriFo­rum,” he said. Riche­lieu Beaunoir said the al­leged DA lead­er­ship fight re­minded him of “two hens fight­ing over the last help­ing of chicken feed in the en­clo­sure. The brown hen had to give up re­spon­si­bil­ity as the pen leader to keep her pre­cious eggs warm,” he said. Lihle Lindy pre­sented this jibe: “He­len Zille, the for­mer leader, and now Pa­tri­cia de Lille, for­mer mayor. The DA has so many for­mer mem­bers, no won­der it’s also the for­mer Na­tional Party, AKA the ‘no blacks al­lowed un­less they marry whites’ party.” Catch Roast Bat­tle on Com­edy Cen­tral (DStv chan­nel 122) at 9pm to­mor­row.

– Staff re­porter

Alyn Adams

Riche­lieu Beaunoir

Gavin Kelly

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