‘Bored’ MEC says she has better things to do

2014-12-04 00:00

A GAUTENG MEC reckons she has better things to do than listen to debates in the legislature.

Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane was so bored during a sitting on November 19 that she told her Facebook friends about her mood.

While the legislature was in session she wrote: “I’m so bored, I don’t want myself here. Sengihleli [I am sitting here] just to sign the register. I have better things to do than listen to this.”

A former ANC council member in Johannesburg and currently the legislature spokesperson Fred Mokoko wrote that the province’s citizens demand her patience at sittings.

She responded: “A person’s patience is sometimes tried and you get tired. We’re still people, remember?”

The DA spokesperson on ­community safety in Gauteng ­Michele Clarke said it was inappropriate and shocking that any member of the legislature, especially an MEC, should make such remarks.

“We are elected by the public to work for the public. I think if you can’t concentrate in the legislature, where important issues are discussed, you can scarcely serve the community.”

She said Premier David Makhura should remind Nkosi-Malobane that she is a member of his caucus.

“With a salary of R1,7 million, ­rather do your job. You aren’t on a taxpayer holiday,” Clarke said.

Makhura’s spokesperson Thabo Masebe said the premier was not aware of Nkosi-Malobane’s Facebook post.

“We don’t read the MECs’ Facebook and don’t want to interpret their contents. If a specific thing bored her, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to be an MEC any more and do her job.”

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