On mar­gin

Finweek English Edition - - PIKER -

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.

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