Shivambu nick­names Gord­han ‘Joshua Doore’

Observer on Saturday - - News -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG - The EFF now have a new nick­name to call one of their most loathed en­e­mies, and it looks like it might stick.

EFF Deputy Pres­i­dent Floyd Shivambu has come up with a new nick­name for the EFF’s cur­rent arch-neme­sis, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Pravin Gord­han. In a tweet ac­cus­ing Gord­han of ly­ing to both news re­porters and in Par­lia­ment, Shivambu ex­presses his view that Gord­han should go the same way as Nh­lanhla Nene, who re­signed af­ter he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing met with the Gup­tas, some­thing he had pre­vi­ously de­nied. “What was good for Nh­lanhla Nene must be good for Joshua Doore! The mob’s un­cle!” Shivambu said, birthing a new nick­name that, so far, looks like it may stick.

Shivambu is re­fer­ring to a mas­cot fa­mil­iar to many South Africans.

While fur­ni­ture chain Joshua Doore no longer ex­ists, many peo­ple re­mem­ber its mas­cot from the 80s, a bald­ing avun­cu­lar man who does bear more than a pass­ing re­sem­blance to the min­is­ter. ‘You’ve got an un­cle in the fur­ni­ture busi­ness, Joshua Doore,’ was the slo­gan. It is likely that it’s not only his like­ness to the mas­cot that earned Gord­han the nick­name, but what the EFF al­leges as his role in be­ing an ‘un­cle’ to cer­tain in­ter­ests.

Or, as jour­nal­ist and au­thor Gus Sil­ber put it in a Face­book post:

Gord­han “is now known, at least to the bat­tal­ions of EFF fight­ers who have dubbed him thusly in their tweets, as Joshua Doore, on ac­count of his un­canny re­sem­blance to the benev­o­lent hair­winged mas­cot of the fur­ni­ture store of that name, and also be­cause of his as­sumed avun­cu­lar re­la­tion­ship to the forces of, you know, the ne­olib­eral cap­i­tal­ist con­spir­acy that re­ally runs the coun­try.”

NEW NAME: Min­is­ter of Pub­lic En­ter­prises Pravin Gord­han.

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