I do not know alcohol - Minister Dlamini

2016-05-04 11:12
ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini. (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)

ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini. (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)

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Cape Town – Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini has told MPs that she doesn’t know alcohol and will always cry if she is hurt.

The minister was responding while presenting her budget vote in Parliament, when she was continuously heckled by opposition parties over a recent incident where she was reduced to tears in Port Elizabeth.

Dlamini, who is also the president of the ANC Women's League, was left emotional and in tears after people hurled insults at her during the opening of a drug-centre in Port Elizabeth in April.

The residents refused to listen to her, accusing her of being "drunk from expensive whiskey".

Dlamini on Wednesday told opposition MPs that she was not a coward.

"I will always cry if I’m hurt. If I see our people living in poverty, I’m not going to behave strong just to please you," she said.

She challenged the MPs to go with her to communities and see how they were treated.

MPs then started hurling accusations of drinking on the job at her.

‘I don’t know alcohol’

The minister took the opposition parties to task and told them she "did not know alcohol".

"Andibazi utywala mna [I don’t know alcohol]. I do not drink at all. People who know me, know I don’t drink," she said.

She also told EFF MPs, who were gloating over filling the Orlando Stadium for their manifesto launch, that it would not translate to votes.

Then she took the DA on, accusing them of packing black people into trucks while campaigning for votes - presumably a reference to a picture doing the rounds on social media, showing DA supporters transported on the back of a truck.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Tuesday that he would be investigating the validity and source of the picture. 

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