Insults and then a feast

2013-08-30 00:00

WORDS of praise may not have rolled off the tongues of some KwaZulu-Natal MPLs, but this did not keep them from sinking their teeth into the farewell feast prepared for outgoing premier Zweli Mkhize.

For a while, party differences were put aside as guests tucked in. It was held in a big marquee erected within the premises of the legislature, soon after Mkhize bid the legislature farewell.

Although King Goodwill Zwelithini was not in attendance, he donated the cow that was slaughtered for the occasion.

“His majesty the king has decided to donate a beast to be enjoyed by all members after the sitting. This gift to him [Mkhize] and the whole House is to bid our premier farewell,” speaker Peggy Nkonyeni told MPLs.

Those present even got a chance to take a look at the beast they would consume, as its photo (taken before the slaughter), was projected on a big screen.

Yesterday’s sitting of the legislature started with the usual debates, MECs’ replies to parliamentary questions and the tabling of reports.

After Mkhize’s farewell speech, MPLs were afforded an opportunity to say their own farewells.

Nkonyeni, however, was not pleased by the IFP and DA speeches, which highlighted where Mkhize had fallen short.

However, all was was forgiven and forgotten — at least on the surface — as guests were ushered to the marquee, coaxed along by the smooth sounds of a jazz band.

The event was attended by scores of people, including Mkhize’s wife May Mashego, his son and daughters.

MECs, heads of departments, representatives of political parties and legislature staff were also in attendance.

Mkhize’s successor, Education MEC Senzo Mchunu, tendered his apology, as he was attending a special meeting of the ANC’s national executive committee in Gauteng.

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