Nkoana-Mashabane’s bizarre interview a 'spectacular mess'

Cape Town – International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has made an impassioned, if unclear defence of President Jacob Zuma, saying in a bizarre interview she has “learnt so much from that man”.

Speaking to international broadcaster Al-Jazeera, Nkoana-Mashabane shot down or deflected every criticism put forth by interviewer Jane Dutton.

Answering a question on Nhlanhla Nene’s shock removal from the finance ministry post, which cost the economy some R500bn, Nkoana-Mashabane said that even if Cabinet ministers are doing a good job, it is the president’s prerogative if he wants to remove them from their posts.

At the start of the interview, the minister seems to give a rather bizarre response to a question about the recent chaos in Parliament that saw Economic Freedom Fighters MPs thrown out.

Nkoana-Mashabane started by explaining that when she was a child she had to carry a water can on her head, and she now has a "hole in her head". The minister implied that government’s focus should be on eradicating poverty as “we [government] do not have time for such a brawl over nothing”.

The EFF was thrown out of Parliament after it stuck to its word that it would not allow Zuma to speak in the assembly after the Constitutional Court’s Nkandla ruling that found he had failed in his duties as president.

She again sidestepped questions about Julius Malema’s threats to defend his party by “the barrel of a gun” by saying that before being frightened by the EFF leader’s statement, she was frightened by seeing “an old woman carrying a water can on her head in the streets of South Africa in 2016”.

The international relations minister said the focus should be on the real issues of bringing basic service delivery to South Africans.

Watch the full interview here:-

The minister came in for some heavy criticism on social media with some South Africans saying the interview was a “spectacular mess” and saying she was “all over the place”.

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