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

Sowetan - - Opinion - Fred Khu­malo

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.

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