Piker has mostly been turning a blind eye to the goings-on in Parliament, but this report by News24 colleague Thulani Gqirana on 17 May is just too good not to share. President Jacob Zuma’s favourite finance minister Des van Rooyen, who was reshuffled after just three days on the job in December to minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, was debating the ongoing crisis in Vuwani, Limpopo, where more than 20 schools were burnt down and vandalised earlier this month.
One of Piker’s favourite parliamentarians, the EFF’s dapper Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, gave Van Rooyen a few new titles on Tuesday referring to him as a “Gupta blessee, weekend special and one of biggest problems in South Africa”. Writes Gqirana: Van Rooyen could not get a word in as EFF MPs − including Julius Malema, Makoti Khawula and Ndlozi − refused to let him speak until he answered questions on his trip to Dubai.
And when the EFF were rapped over the knuckles for calling various points of order, Malema said they would allow Van Rooyen the “favour of letting him speak, if he just answers the questions on Dubai”. Ndlozi, however, questioned whether the minister should be allowed to speak at all, as “today is Tuesday”.
“The minister should only be allowed to speak on Saturdays and Sundays, because he is, after all, a weekend special,” he said, referring to Van Rooyen’s three-day stint as the finance minister.
This while an EFF MP quietly hummed Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special in the National Assembly. A duck was about to cross the road when a chicken said:
“Don’t do it, man. You’ll never hear the end of it.”
____________________________ My psychologist told me I have a problem with vengeance. We’ll see about that. ____________________________ Q: What’s the difference between a smart man and a stupid man? A: Nothing. They both think they know everything.