With his lewd pinky gesture, Gigaba just swelled the call for his expulsion and trial
Now officially a porn star, it will be difficult to believe the minister when he says his sex video was meant for his wife
Did minister Malusi Gigaba really have to do that?
No, no, I am not talking about what he did on that video which has since gone viral, even reportedly entering the world’s biggest porn site Pornhub.
What I am talking about is what he did in parliament on Tuesday.
During President Cyril Ramaphosa’s question-andanswer session, EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi suggested to the National Assembly that ministers should in future use camera-less cellphones and thus avoid recording themselves, with embarrassing results.
He was, of course, referring to that sex tape in which the home affairs minister recorded himself giving pleasure to himself.
In response to Ndlozi’s comment, Gigaba showed the EFF leader his pinky finger. This, as you will know, is a lewd suggestion that Ndlozi is not so wellendowed when it comes to his private parts.
It’s a crass, cheap gesture that you would expect from a teenager during a drunken orgy. It does not become a full minister, especially during a sitting inside the august National Assembly.
Granted, the National Assembly itself has lost its aura.
It no longer commands the respect it used to, what with all the insults and fists flying around.
But even then, considering that Gigaba is already under the spotlight, not only as a result of that sex tape but also because he is being accused of having lied under oath with regard to the Fireblade imbroglio, you would have expected him to restrain himself.
This is the man whose sex tape is now on the largest porn site in the world; the man many believe has not been candid and honest when he said the tape had been meant for the eyes of his wife; a man who has not enamoured himself to many South Africans with his changes to visa regulations; a man implicated in the Gupta state capture saga.
In short, this is a man not only under the spotlight, but also under immense pressure.
A man many would like to see fired or even arrested and tried in a court of law for perjury.
Faced with this stark reality, you would have expected Gigaba to be humble in parliament.
To be cautious in his gestures and utterances in public, to tread carefully, to do everything that might regain him public sympathy which he desperately needs at this stage of his career.
As a former student leader and an experienced politician, he should know that the path of someone who is young and ambitious like himself is always littered with agents provocateurs intent on tripping him.
Even a most pedestrian analysis of Ndlozi’s talk about cellphones that are not hackable shows that this was meant as a taunt, rather than a sincere suggestion to the National Assembly.
Therefore, a level-headed person in complete control of his emotions would have laughed it off, or simply ignored the comment. Sadly, Gigaba fell for the bait.
Gigaba’s finger gesture, dripping with lewd sexual innuendo, simply reinforces the perception that he is a sex maniac who is now proud and happy, thanks to the sex tape, that the world knows that he is well-endowed, at least better endowed than Ndlozi.
It will now be difficult to believe him when he says he is a faithful husband whose phone was hacked, and said tape then disseminated on social media.
It’s becoming easier to believe his detractors who aver that the tape was never meant for the eyes of his wife, as Gigaba has claimed.
Rather the tape had been made for the pleasure of another woman who, when the relationship between the two went sour, decided to fire her own salvo by disseminating it through social media.
Gigaba was already knee deep in trouble, now he is irrevocably sinking deeper into a hole he dug for himself.
This is the man whose sex tape is now on the largest porn site globally
Malusi Gigaba, who is fighting battles on many fronts, should have remained calm and humble in parliament, says the writer.