Minister explains porky politicians

2012-02-17 22:28

Cape Town - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi offered insight on Friday into why many politicians suffer the curse of bulging stomachs and widening waist lines.

"The problem as a public representative is that there is food everywhere," he said during a human development cluster briefing in Parliament.

"There is always an availability of food. That is the danger of this profession. That is the nature of this job."

Motsoaledi said that even a prominent religious bishop had complained to him that when he visited his congregations, he was plied with food.

"It seems all of us have this problem of food everywhere," he said.

War on trans fatty acids

Motsoaledi said he used "every available opportunity" in Cabinet meetings to lecture on high salt intake and healthy diets.

It was important for politicians to follow healthy diets and exercise regimes and set an example to the public.

He said he had declared war on trans fatty acids, which the food industry loved because they brought in more money.

"But our bodies will never love them (trans fatty acids) - until the end of time."

Trans fats caused high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems, the minister said.
They were "slowly killing us", he said.

American products were packed with trans fats.

"Our fear is that when Americans put something out, they go to Africa.

"When they push out their trans fatty acids we must make a lot of noise. We want to protect ourselves."

More trans fats = smaller brains

The department of health has said it plans to follow in the footsteps of its US, Canadian, and European counterparts by introducing legislation to ban the use of trans fatty acids in food products.

Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University have found that people who eat a high amount of trans fats, found mainly in frozen, packaged, fast foods, baked goods, and margarine spreads, were more likely to have brain shrinkage and scored lower on thinking and memory tests, compared to people who followed a healthy diet, low in trans fats and high in vitamins.

Motsoaledi was also concerned about alcohol advertising and the message it was sending to young people.


During the only soap opera he watched, Muvhango, he would see at least four adverts for alcohol.

"They are using celebrities, sportsmen, models - very successful people, to tell young people that if you drink you will be successful.

"That we cannot allow."

The ban on tobacco advertising, implemented by former health minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, had made a "very clear difference", Motsoaledi said.

"There is a very clear indication that the ban on tobacco advertising is making a difference," he said.
"South Africans are smoking less than they ever did."

He said health officials from many other countries had asked him how South Africa had been so successful in reducing its number of smokers.

"Even when you arrive at some airports in other countries you can smell the stale breath in the people. In South Africa you do not have that."

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-02-17 22:44

    They can eat the food, but they shouldn't be looking like they ate the caterers as well!

      Adam - 2012-02-17 23:35

      Maybe consider putting the excess food in the trunk of your car and giving it to your impoverished hungry voters on your way home.....or maybe you dont drive home that way?

      Ian - 2012-02-18 00:16

      Wena,wen de gravy trein she stop, WE DRINK DE GRAVY FINISH!!!!!!

      bernpm - 2012-02-18 00:26

      Dear Minister: it is not what you eat but how much you eat. Every pound comes through the mouth. Easy way to lose weight?? Walk whenever you can, take the stairs instead of elevators/lifts and reduce your food intake.

      Kim - 2012-02-18 03:29

      They eat like this because it is "Free". Nobody is holding a gun to their heads. There is always some damn excuse for every wrong move they make. Have some respect for your appearance and balance your life. Or is gym too much hard work

      Max - 2012-02-18 06:37

      This is the kind of argument a grade 3 pupil will use in his class speech. Is this really the intelectual capacity of the South African minister of Health? To think that this person is allowed to compile legislation that can influence the life of other humans is scary.

      George - 2012-02-18 09:04

      "people who eat a high amount of trans fats, found mainly in frozen, packaged, fast foods, baked goods, and margarine spreads, were more likely to have brain shrinkage and scored lower on thinking and memory tests, compared to people who followed a healthy diet, low in trans fats and high in vitamins" This fits the gov to a "T" Now lets see if they ban KFC or mac donalds from advertising Any bets on this one

      George - 2012-02-18 09:06

      My personal best is the part,"were more likely to have brain shrinkage and scored lower on thinking and memory tests" and was also said by "Motsoaledi" himself

      Fred - 2012-02-18 11:53

      "More trans fats = smaller brains" - Obviously our government ministers have been eating too many trans-fats all their lives, which has rendered them brainless. Obvious remedy - stop all these unnecessary functions and banquets where they pig out so much and rather use those billions to uplift the poor. Alternatively charge them a fat fee for every plate of food they eat at these functions. These remedies will stop the fat in its tracks and ease the burden on the taxpayer.

      Spyker - 2012-02-18 13:59

      He still has not explained why they are all retarded and lazy...

  • Tokoloshe - 2012-02-17 22:50

    Food is not the problem, it is Greed thats the problem!

      Sean - 2012-02-18 02:50

      Greed for food and greed for money , same sh@t for our government. Now what about the people that vote ANC ?? Is there plenty food available ?? Welcome to Africa !!!!!!!

      Tony - 2012-02-18 08:38

      100% spot on sir.... I will second that motion!!

      Patsy - 2012-02-18 11:09

      And always someone else to blame....this time America, not apartheid!!

  • kobus.otto - 2012-02-17 23:05

    It's called gluttony.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-18 15:06

      which is one of the seven deadly sins if I am not mistaken however... I do believe it must be a challenge that wherever you go (and as a politician you do get around a bit(no pun intended)) people always put the best food and snacks they can afford in front of you to curry your favor (that could be seen as a pun in India maybe?).

  • Brett Bruce - 2012-02-17 23:08

    There is an avaiability of food everywhere for these politicians..the same goes for money I imagine..

  • Warren Nel - 2012-02-17 23:09

    Why do our plump politicians also have a "double-chin" on the back of their necks? Now that's pushing glutonny!!

      Sean - 2012-02-18 02:51

      It is all apartheids fault , lol !

      pieter.bester - 2012-02-18 06:54

      Warren They need to grow eyes on the back of there heads. Helps when you are dishonest. The double-chin is the beginning of the evolution prosess to grow the rear eyes. This prosess should really start on their buds!!!

      Tgif - 2012-02-18 08:30

      The" double neck chin " on the back of the neck is a very clever evolutionary change brought about by the need for an "air bag" device as in motor car accidents.This " double neck chin" has been grown to prevent the neck from breaking when the clever member snaps awake during parliamentary sessions. As we all know this can re occur several times during the session especially after breakfast and lunch.Well evolved members of parliament would never admit that this FAT ROLL on their neck has developed because all the other skin on their bodies have stretched to their limit thus forcing the FAT to the only available place ,The back of their necks. FAT LAZY BASTADS!!!!!!

  • Chris - 2012-02-17 23:11

    So I guess this statement means there is absolutely, zero chance, no way of blaming it on Apartheid then instead?

      Chris - 2012-02-18 00:06

      Haha, hold on, I re-read the article and I see it's the American's fault, ie the Imperialist Western, neo-con anti-revolutionaries!! Here's the biggest laugh of them all, who is the Big Cheese (Burger) of McDonalds South Africa, non other than Cyril Ramaphosa himself. But yeah, let's blame the yanks, whilst your comrade makes another billion.

      Tony - 2012-02-18 08:41

      Chris - well spotted, for a moment there I assumed the white imperialist western racist apartheit 3rd force regimes had got a break. Oops forgot the media and judiciary - sorry.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-02-17 23:45

    Blame it on Apartheid!

  • Pawel - 2012-02-17 23:52

    There is to much tax payers money to be spend on food that is....

  • Tuner - 2012-02-17 23:52

    Have you heard such absolute drivel coming from a supposed educated minister!! "Even when you arrive at some airports in other countries you can smell the stale breath in the people. In South Africa you do not have that." Is he saying all South Africans do not smoke? Does he smell the breathe of everyone in those countries and is South Africa the only country that has banned smoking adverts! Idiot! Has the ban on advertising been solely responsible for reduction (if this has occurred) in smoking! How does he know? There is also a lot of healthy food available in South Africa without trans fatty acids. The fault lies with the gluttonous politicians who eat everything they see, instead of controlling themselves. Just as they cannot control themselves when it comes to money and all the perks they get.

      PeggySven - 2012-02-18 03:17

      The only reduction that banning cigarette adverts has caused, is the number of legitimate cigarettes bought in South Africa. In fact teenage smoking has increased dramatically as well as women in the lower financial brackets. They keep looking at the reducing taxes from legitimate cigarette sales and somehow equate it to a reduction in the number of smokers in the country. Foolish in the extreme.

      comurray - 2012-02-18 10:09

      I have not seen a real drop in the amount of people smoking. What I have seen though that are now smoking non local manufacturered cigarettes which are a hell of a lot cheaper, in some cases about a quarter the price of local.

  • Eric Schollar - 2012-02-17 23:56

    I wonder if the minister has heard of the concepts greed and gluttony?

  • Nikki - 2012-02-17 23:56

    Ha-ha-ha-ha! Yep you said it Mr Motsoaledi: More Trans-Fat (i.e. Our bulging dikg@t ANC gravy train cabinet) = smaller brains ... couldn't agree more! On a more serious note: "It seems all of us have this problem of food everywhere," he said. ...really Mr Motsoaledi? So now too much food is a problem? Please go and tell this to your starving supporters in their shacks during winter you despicable gluttonous hypocrite!

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  • Shadho - 2012-02-18 01:03

    The MINISTER OF HEALTH IS TALKING THE BIGGEST AMOUNT OF BS WHEN IT COMES TO TRANS FATS. The Government is facing a massive lawsuit cause of his and his Food Directorate FAILURE to introduce Trans Fat Legislation and controls long before they did. They have known about severe health dangers of Trans Fats for many many years yet refused to follow the modern world. Damit how can he make such statements now. OK you just opened pandora's box Minister. There are so many severe and dire food issues that remain unaddressed in the RSA that you are hiding from the public that you have been officialy challenged on and yet you remain deathly silent. You know what they are. To the readers of this article. You may think I am seeking attention and sensationalizing this. Hahah I am the complainant. The only individual citizen to ever have challenged them on many issues other than Trans Fats. Yes they have all been validated as true and correct by the Government yet they DO NOTHING to STOP the fraud and severe health issues etc us mere citizens face daily and or whether in the past, currently and the future it seems. The excuse being NO BUDGET, NO RESOURCES WHETHER HUMAN OR OTHERWISE ETC ETC. Well Done Minister...GAME ON SIR, GAME ON!! NOW I WILL MAKE EVERYTHING I KNOW PUBLIC NOTICE!! and yes Class Action lawsuits may follow. NO longer will this dastardly,despicable, deplorable, heinous,unethical and immoral abuses and fraud be committed against myself and or the citizens of the RSA.

      Shadho - 2012-02-18 01:24

      The Minister points fingers at other countries regarding Food and Beverage issues does he hahah Sir, you digging yourself a whole so big and so deep be very wary it doesnt swallow the whole DOH. ...Many of the High Trans Products and their ingredients which cause the high levels of TFA's are produced and manufactured in the RSA Sir. Same goes for Sodium and Sugar but not limited to these. Your Food Control Directorate knows this. Yet have done nothing to control it. The control, enforcement and monitoring of the TFA Legislation introduced only in August 2011 which was delayed many times by the DOH and yourself, is going to be extremely interesting. Considering you cant control, enforce or monitor prior legislation appropriately and or effectively and for this. I and other unsuspecting consumers and customers suffer the ULTIMATE PENALTY in so many ways. EVEN DEATH ....Because of the DOH and other Food and Beverage Regulating Authorities inabilites and expertise and NO Budget and or Resources in the RSA. Again Sir , again GAME ON!! Pandora's box has been opened and for this I sincerely thank you. A very true philosophy in life... "give n enough rope, the guilty entity will eventually hang itself" and we know who that is.

  • David - 2012-02-18 02:52

    Chairs in Parliament boardrooms are not allowed to have arm rests. Why you ask? Because the MPs are too fat to fit in a chair with arm rests!! Sad, but true.

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-02-18 03:24

    ha ha ha ha thats funny thats what you look like when you sceaming of the cream at the top , nobody forces them to eat but if cake is available why eat bread, and bugger the masses that voted us in , we are at the top where all the good staff is the norm they look like stuff sausages

  • Sally Lewitt - 2012-02-18 05:14

    and the Nation is starving.. I don't "get it" :(

  • Brendon Alberts - 2012-02-18 05:32

    In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the fat cat eats tonight.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-18 06:50

    I suppose they always have food in their mouths so as not to put a foot in it. HeHe

  • Raymond - 2012-02-18 07:06

    There's always the "doggy bag"!

  • rybars - 2012-02-18 07:07

    So they take the opportunity to gorge themselves. Clearly poor breeding. The women particulary are so disgustingly obese and seem proud to carry such unseemly weight around.

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-18 15:10

      what is interesting is that African males seem to enjoy their women biggish. I have an african friend who told me a woman is only a woman if you can hear her coming down the corridor....and he wasn't talking bout sex...

  • Bibi - 2012-02-18 07:13

    A simple 'No thank you' would do the trick. Stop blaming the Americans - there are plenty of food choices available. I have not bought anything American in the last 30 years.

  • Kathleen - 2012-02-18 07:27

    Any excuse is better than none.

  • Wayne - 2012-02-18 07:28

    Er, Mr Minister, its actually the gravy...............

  • Darryl - 2012-02-18 07:41

    They eat so good because they talk crap so good.

  • Paul - 2012-02-18 07:52

    It's not the food, it's from doing nothing all day.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-02-18 07:54

    To many parties, conferences and legotlas is the real problem. As the food is free for them, they also take advantage of that situation.

  • Traygon - 2012-02-18 07:58

    Is this a bloody joke? Why not leave a meeting and take the food with him, and at every traffic light he stops at - he gives the food to the poor standing there begging. "No Mr Waiter - I am on a diet and cannot stuff my face uncontrollably while my people are starving in the roads, give me a doggy... I mean poor parcels of about four helpings so I can feed other less fortunate people"

  • Larry - 2012-02-18 07:58

    The old "Pigs at the trough trick", thats an old trick.

  • Helmut - 2012-02-18 07:58

    Our politicians idea of "Political Heavyweights."

  • Comrade - 2012-02-18 08:00

    porky? ... more like OBESE!!.. LAZINESS!! ... fat body = lazy brain

  • Derk - 2012-02-18 08:09

    their theme song should be "Hey Fatty Boom Boom"

  • Roche Enslin - 2012-02-18 08:17

    It has nothing to do with being lazy and having no self control. These idiots want to make our laws and tell us what to do and they can't control their own eating habits or get off their buts and in a gym. It must be Woolies and MacDonalds fault for making the food available. Pay them less and maybe they will buy less food bright spark.

  • pat.bromilowdowning - 2012-02-18 08:20

    How difficult is it to say "No Thank You"????????

      Butch - 2012-02-18 15:41

      no possibility at all - it's free - and if it's not free, it's stolen

  • Enlightened - 2012-02-18 08:29

    Please explain how 95 percent of European and American politicians stay trim, and don't come and tell me they don't. They do. Yes, you'll pick out the odd fat boy but they have a weird way of disappearing. It is simply because 1- it is viewed as overindulging on public funds simply because it's free. 2- No one wants an ambulant heart attack in power. I travel a lot and stay at at hotels and quite often run into some of these characters. The amount of food piled on their plates is plainly not necessary. look not only at the quantities they eat but WHAT they eat. I regularly stay 'Im not surprised that life expectancy is under 60. This explains it first hand and no other excuse is valid.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-18 08:37

    What a revelation. I hope we paid the minister for this groundbreaking research.

  • Tony - 2012-02-18 08:38

    I too can explain it Aaaaaahron - they are fat because thay are lazy thieves! And because they are fat, thet tell fat lies. They are fat and the uneducated masses who vote for them, support them, get screwed by them are poor and hungry.... Africa????????

      Shadho - 2012-02-18 09:08

      Hahahah!! Mr Minister why is the majority RSA population so OBESE and UN HEALTHY. Those that can afford food and beverages Sir, huh?? Its NOT just the Politicians. ITS NOT just about SMOKING and BOOZE It cause you Sir, and your corrupt dastardly DOH Food Directorate and other Food and Beverage Authorities and the Government are raking in MASSIVE tax returns and Import duties of some many Disgusting and known "Deadly" Food and Beverage Products.At All US unsuspecting customers and consumers expense. NOT just financially but health wise once again. Mr Minister there is SOMETHING CALLED MORALS AND ETHICS AND RESPECT. So much for US as mere ordinary citizens CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND LEGAL RIGHTS to know the TRUTH. So much for DEMOCRACY etc. But WAIT!! This is AFRICA there is NO such thing. THE TYRANTS THIEVES IN POWER IN GOVERNMENT ARE A LAW UNTO THEMSELVES!! You keep on BRAGGING about CHINA and how much trade the RSA does with them. Excuse me SIR, CHINA AND SIMILAR COUNTRIES have the WORST FOOD AND BEVERAGE CONTROL IN THE WORLD. You know it and I KNOW IT.AGAIN YOU BLAME AMERICA,EUROPE,THE UK AND OTHER FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES BUT BEG FOR INVESTMENT CONTINUOUSLY. Yet CHINESE and other similar countries products are FLOODING ONTO THE MARKETS IN AFRICA of which the RSA is one small HOVEL IN THE SOUTH, WHERE THERE IS VIRTUALLY NO FOOD AND BEVERAGE FSQA (Food Safety and Quality Assurance) THANKS TO YOU AS THE MINISTER. ...AGAIN SIR, GAME ON.. PANDORA'S BOX IS OPEN AND YOU OPENED IT!!

  • Jacques Theron - 2012-02-18 09:18

    How about not stuffing your face just because there is food available. Willpower dear. Willpower.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-18 09:22

    The results of the "transfats=smaller brains" is blatantly obvious! Come on minister-surely you can come up with a better excuse? These gus stuff their faces because they have expense accounts and order over the top meals in abundance! The consumption of alcohol that they drink adds to their weight! Its a case of pure gluttony!

  • Johan - 2012-02-18 09:57

    Gluttony cannot be blamed one the food!It is the individuals themselves tha eat themselves to death!

  • criticallyhonest - 2012-02-18 10:24

    Says a lot about strength of will when you cite the presence on food as a reason why people cannot resist eating. How can these people have any hope of dealing with excess in any area of public life when they cannot control there own greed for food.

  • Patsy - 2012-02-18 11:06

    Have these unfortunate fat people who are plied with food ever heard of the word 'NO'? No fat people ever came out of Belsen. ow come their wives are obese too?

      Tony - 2012-02-18 11:28

      Haha, could you picture it... "hey Jake Zee, let's go for some Bic. Macs", "NO, Juliass, Mac Maharaj burgers are fattening, let's rather go for Chicken Licken " .... "ah soul.... Food"

  • Grant - 2012-02-18 11:33

    Frightening to know that people who cannot control their food intake are in charge of the country. Have you noticed that western politicians are in fine trim? In Africa people who are not connected to the ruling party are thin and in many cases survive on western food aid.

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-18 12:31

    It is time the Fat Sacks in Parliament start thinking about the people in the squatter camps

      Gerhard - 2012-02-18 12:38

      I suggest morogo and dried mopani worms in parliament to solve the wasteline problem

  • Silvana - 2012-02-18 12:40

    You don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out why they're all fat. They're eating and drinking for the people. Fact. Ask our deputy president.

  • Enlightened - 2012-02-18 14:12

    The answer to why they are so fat and there are so many of them can be summarized as follows: They only have two emotions and they are: hungry and horny. So, when they're not horny, the eat.

  • judilie - 2012-02-18 15:05

    Sjoe... they have a "too much food" problem, in South Africa... Please explain that to the starving little girl that just asked me for a bread at spar... I just get the idea that these ministers are so far removed from reality it is scary!!! Most people in SA doesnt hve enough to eat, and here they moan about salt and too much fat... WTF?!?!?! Can you please stop using the tax payers money for food and give some back to the people that voted for you - Fatty!

  • Dennis - 2012-02-18 15:15

    Well, some of them look like they ate "apartheid" and still blame someone else for their girth !!

  • Butch - 2012-02-18 15:38

    please put down more food - the less politicians we have, the better - their greed will never be satisfied

  • Shadho - 2012-02-18 16:10

    I,m back to be in your face Mr Minister, yes your's and that of the Food Directorate and the Government. Tell the Citizens of the RSA how long the DOH has been involved in the TRANS FATS matter. I dare you Sir. Why did the DOH suspend implementation the Trans Fats legislation in Early 2010 till August 2011?? Even though the RSA lagged so many years behind the modern world in highly regulating or banning Partially Hydrogenated Veg Fat and Oils that cause Trans fats and Completely Hydrogenated Veg fat and Oils which convert to 100% Saturated FATS. FATS That both cause so many dastardly evil health issues you talk about. WAIT this is AFRICA...SAT FATS are NOT as BAD as TRANS FATS and will NOT be officially legislated on any time soon. HOW DARE you Sir, as a Medical Doctor and your Food Control Directorate and other regulating Authorities make such statements. HOW DARE YOU all. What about all the disgusting liquids and additives pumped into Poultry products I have challenged you on for years. What have you and your fellow so called Regulating Authorities done Sir. NOTHINGGG!!! Why is Labeling and Marking of Product declarations so small and hidden SIR? Why was/have Product labels and Markings been allowed to be declared as VOLUNTARY DECLARATIONS by Manufacturers and Suppliers for SO SO LONG SIR??? Again..WAIT THIS IS AFRICA AND SOUTH AFRICA,why should the present Government. The current REGIME took charge 18 years ago. AND HAVE DONE NOTHING. DON'T BLAME IT ON APARTHEID, SIR!

      Tuner - 2012-02-19 04:48

      Can you get over the constant use of the word "sir"! Use it when speaking to someone who deserves it!

  • Bernd - 2012-02-18 17:25

    How would they explain pork metro cops? Too much vet koek.?