Cyril Ramaphosa calls white MP “stupid” in Venda – “dabadaba”

By Drum Digital
01 March 2017

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, seemed to lack confident in answering a few questions put forward to him by members of opposition parties, during a Q & A session in Parliament

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, seemed to lack confidence in answering a few questions put forward to him by members of opposition parties, during a Q & A session in Parliament on Wednesday.

He threw shade at the Democratic Alliance by answering one of its white members in Venda, when asked about the trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, earlier this year.

A delegation of 61 officials made the trip which cost an estimated $20 00 - $50 000 per delegate, which raised a few eyebrows.

“We were not there to sell ourselves, we were there to sell South Africa, not my South Africa, our South Africa,” he said.

In Venda he called the MP “dabadaba” which in essence means he is “stupid”.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, asked him about the presence of over 400 members of the South African army and police officers, during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Of which Ramaphosa said he did not find their presence unusual.

“For many years I have been coming to the SONA and the police and armed members of the army have lined the streets, it’s a normal thing,” he said. “I have never thought they were threatening.”

Instead he said their presence was not there to protect an individual (Presumably President Jacob Zuma) but rather to perform their ceremonial duties.

Ramaphosa failed to account for the actions of former South African Airways board chairperson, Dudu Myeni, who has been in the news for splurging millions of rands in state funds on lavish trips with her staff members in her new capacity as chairperson of the Mhlathuze Water Board based in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.

“The SAA is doing a great job at re-positioning itself,” he said. “We should rather focus on wishing them good luck and not on other things,” he added.

However, he was confident when speaking about the country’s new national minimum wage which is set at R20 per hour and R3500 per month.

When questioned how government will address issues of job losses because of employers who cannot afford the minimum wage, Ramaphosa said some employers would be exempt.

“Our goal is not to have anyone lose their job,” he said. “Setting the minimum wage above or below R3500 could lead to job loss and it is not the best but it is a good start at addressing income inequalities in the country,” he said.

He also said they are considering the Health Ombudsman’s recommendations on how to take action against officials responsible for the deaths of 94 psychiatric patients but commended Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi of producing a good health system in the country.

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