Shivambu nicknames Gordhan ‘Joshua Doore’
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.