Gigaba sorry for pinky slur on EFF man

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HOME­ Af­fairs­ Min­is­ter­ Malusi­ Gi­ga­ba­has­ apol­o­gised­ un­re­servedly­ for­ makinga­ ges­ture­ with­ his­ pinky­ fin­gerat­ an­ EFF­ MP­ dur­ing­ Par­lia­ment’svolatile­ sit­ting­ on­ Tues­day.

In­ a­ tweet,­ the­ min­is­ter­ said­ that­be­ing­ pro­voked,­ com­bined­ with­ thes­train­ he­ was­ un­der,­ was­ no­ ex­cuse­for­ mak­ing­ the­ ges­ture.

He­ agreed­ with­ an­other­ tweet­which­ said­ the­ ges­ture­ fed­ into­ a“toxic­ mas­culin­ity­ dis­course”.

The­ pinky­ ges­ture­ was­ a­ re­tort­ toEFF­ MP­ Mbuyiseni­ Nd­lozi’s­ sug­ges­tion­that­ cell­phones­ with­out­ cam­erasbe­ given­ to­ Cab­i­net­ min­is­ters,­ to­ avoid­ their­ phones­ be­ing­ hacked.

To­ laugh­ter­ from­ the­ EFF­ benches,Nd­lozi­ said:­ “Hon­ourable­ Pres­i­dent[Cyril­ Ramaphosa],­ you­ know­ this­phone­ doesn’t­ have­ a­ cam­era.

“You­ may­ want­ to­ start­ or­derin­git­ for­ Cab­i­net­ mem­bers,­ be­cause­ itwill­ save­ us­ a­ lot­ [from]­ some­ oftheir­ em­bar­rass­ing­ ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It­ can’t­ even­ be­ hacked­ this­phone.­ Can­ I­ come­ maybe­ give­ it­ toyou­ so­ you­ have­ a­ model­ of­ what­phones­ might­ be­ crit­i­cal­ for­ hon­ourableCabi­net­ mem­bers?”

It­ was­ a­ ref­er­ence­ to­ the­ self­filmed­video­ of­ Gigaba­ which­ leaked­ last­ month.­ The­ video­ con­tained“con­tent­ of­ a­ sex­ual­ na­ture”,­ whichGi­gaba­ claimed­ was­ re­leased­ af­ter­his­ phone­ was­ hacked.

The­ min­is­ter­ re­sponded­ to­ Nd­loz­iby­ rais­ing­ his­ pinky­ —­ a­ ges­ture­some­ in­ter­preted­ to­ be­ an­ in­sult­ re­gard­ingthe­ MP’s­ pe­nis­ size.

Gigaba’s­ ges­ture­ earned­ him­ scornon­ so­cial­ me­dia.­ ­ —­ News24.

PHOTO: TWIT­TER

ECNA­ re­porter­ Lester­ Kiewit’stweet­ of­ the­ dra­matic­ mo­men­tled­ to­ much­ on­line­ scorn­ onTues­day.­

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