Side of Sona
If you were watching the opening of Parliament on Thursday night, you would be forgiven for thinking the goings-on there would have been hilarious – if they were taking place in another country.
To alleviate our collective depression, City Press has asked the comedians starring in tomorrow’s fifth episode of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle for their take on the proceedings. Because we all need a little laugh.
Devin Gray said if he were to roast #Sona2017, “gotta add the hashtag, it’s important”, he would deal with it the same way he would deal with the traffic. “Avoid it at all costs. However, I must say that it was very exciting to walk through Cape Town city centre and actually have a police presence for a change,” he said.
“I attempted to watch the speech, but President Jacob Zuma made the entire thing feel longer than the month of January. “American politics have nothing on us, we take this whole thing to the next level. I was waiting for someone to jump up and say, ‘Cash me oussside, how bow dah!’”
Kedibone Mulaudzi said: “Sona2017? More like Soea2017. Why would you deploy 441 soldiers? It’s the state of emergency address 2017.
“That was Sona2017. It was pretty hot and sweaty on the podium of the president. And the 441 bouncers ensured that no one disturbed the peace,” he said. “Sona2017 was like an episode of Our Perfect Wedding and Julius Malema was the bitter ex who was promised a wedding by the groom, who made sure the 441 security guards ensured that the ex didn’t disturb the vows.” Warren Robertson said that South Africa was in “such a mess they should start calling it ‘look at the state of the nation’”. “Julius Malema used to love Jacob Zuma so much he said he would die for him. Now no one hates Zuma more than the Economic Freedom Fighters. Sona is basically a Taylor Swift album,” he said.
Lungelo Ndlovu, however, likened Sona to a Bafana Bafana match.
“The whole country watches with great anticipation, but in the end, nobody ever says, ‘Yeses bru, that was a great result!’” he said.
“Having disruptions and asking questions while the president is delivering his Sona is like drawing on eyebrows; it’s unnecessary.”
Thabiso Mhlongo had an altogether different take on things. “I have to hand it to Julius. I have tried to get out of writing exams before, but starting a fight in Parliament definitely takes the cake,” he said. Watch the Roast Battle tomorrow at 9pm on Comedy Central
(DStv channel 122)