Mpumalanga’s health MEC has berated arthritis sufferers for rubbing condoms on their aching joints, believing the lubricant will ease the pain. “She called on them to stop because condoms are meant for something other than rubbing on knees,” MEC Candith Mashego-Dlamini’s spokesperson Ronnie Masilela was quoted as saying by The Times today. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s spokesperson Joe Maila said the lubricants on condoms could help arthritis sufferers. A grandmother who lives in Cape Town and who declined to be named told The Times: “It is not a cure for my arthritis, but it eases the pain.” A hiker in Johannesburg said he added condoms to his emergency kit. “My wife was really upset when she found the condoms, but you can carry water in them,” he told the paper.