Cheap shot from child­ish Mbalula

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - OPINION -

Fik­ile Mbalula, for­mer min­is­ter, for­mer ANC head of elec­tions, cur­rently roam­ing loose can­non, is not known for us­ing logic in his state­ments. The self-styled Mr Twit­ter has now, how­ever, strayed fur­ther into il­log­i­cal­ity, cross­ing the line of taste­less­ness in the process. Com­ment­ing about the deaths of three Johannesburg fire­fight­ers in the blaze at the Bank of Lis­bon build­ing which houses, among oth­ers, the Gaut­eng depart­ment of health, “Mbaks” claimed the fire­fight­ers were “ill-equipped and ill-trained when they went in­side that build­ing”.

Then, in a piece of cyn­i­cal po­lit­i­cal grand­stand­ing which was tawdry by even his dis­mal stan­dards, Mbalula added that the men per­ished be­cause the mayor of Johannesburg, the DA’s Her­man Mashaba, was not do­ing his job.

Mbalula blithely ig­nored 22 years of ANC mis­rule in Gaut­eng and Johannesburg, as well as the fact that com­rades of the dead fire­fighter, and em­ploy­ees from the build­ing, agreed that it was a death trap and that the re­spon­si­ble peo­ple – Mbalula’s own ANC gov­ern­ment – had ig­nored the warn­ings and pleas to im­prove safety. The build­ing scored just 21% in a safety as­sess­ment. Col­leagues of those who died said that a lack of wa­ter in­side the build­ing – and not lack of train­ing – had killed the men.

In other words, Mbaks, you are blam­ing the wrong per­son. And, in do­ing so, you are cyn­i­cally tram­pling over the feel­ings of the fam­i­lies and col­leagues of the fallen he­roes.

It is ironic that your ANC col­leagues in Tsh­wane are now threat­en­ing to go to court against DA mayor Solly Msi­manga, who this week closed the gov­ern­ment’s Poyn­ton Build­ing in the city be­cause it is also a death trap. He was cheered by work­ers in the build­ing – em­ploy­ees of your ANC gov­ern­ment, Mbalula.

You are play­ing cheap, and child­ish, pol­i­tics. But com­ing from you, it doesn’t sur­prise us.

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