'Who are you calling a Teletubby?' - EFF MP

2015-10-27 18:38

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Cape Town - Parliament went into a noisy deviation after an EFF member was called a Teletubby during a debate on university fees.

"Who are you calling a Teletubby?" demanded Mmabatho Mokause, standing up in the bright red attire that her party wears in Parliament.

Earlier, when DA leader Mmusi Maimane went to the podium, somebody had called him a "sellout".

An attempt was being made to find out who had called Maimane a sellout when DA MP John Steenhuisen waved his hand seemingly in the direction of the EFF benches and said: "Ask that Teletubby over there."

An annoyed Mokause complained: This man stood here and called one member a Teletubby."

After the debate, Speaker Baleka Mbete wanted to know who had called Maimane "a sellout" and when all she got was blank faces, she moved on to root out the person who had made the Teletubby remark.

"Were you referring to a specific member of this house?" asked Mbete.

Steenhuisen replied: "Madam Speaker, I couldn't work out if it was Tinky Winky, Lala or Po, but I withdraw."

Almost instantly, pictures of the coo-ing characters who toddle around a make-believe land with television aerials on their heads, started doing the rounds on Twitter.

Steenhuizen left out Dipsy when he named the characters.

Read more on:    da  |  eff  |  baleka mbete  |  mmusi maimane  |  john steenhuisen  |  cape town  |  university fees

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