Best jibes from the state of the nation debate

2014-06-18 18:51

Carien du Plessis selects some of the best jibes from this afternoon’s debate on President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address.

» DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane managed to get a stab in at both the ANC and EFF: “Radical plans are not in and of themselves good simply because they are described as radical, just like wearing a beret does not make you a revolutionary.”

» EFF leader Julius Malema’s whole speech was one big jab at Zuma: “You have a tradition of empty promises. Please say nothing about 2030 because you won’t be there.”

» IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi put down an MP who interjected to complain that his speech wasn’t on the state of the nation address. “That is balderdash,” he said.

» ANC MP and former minister Yunus Carrim tried to divide the opposition: “Maimane is said to be the leader of the opposition (in Parliament). I wonder if the honourable Malema recognises him as leader. He is the pin-up boy of the suburbs.” (Carrim was told “boy” is unparliamentary)

» Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe “shaddap” Sisulu is known for her sharp tongue. She referred to “the other Lindiwe (Mazibuko)” being in exile where she is studying overseas, and said Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele went from “being a sought-after damsel to a damsel in distress”.

Of UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, she said he campaigns, saying: “I’m that dictator that freed you from Matanzima, please vote for me.”

Lastly, she had advice for Malema on Parliament “where manners is a very important part of our conduct, where your tongue is governed by the rules of Parliament. It will be a tough place for you, but we welcome you here.”

As someone who’s had many encounters with these rules, Sisulu would know.

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