Zille slams ANC MPs for weight jibe

2013-06-16 09:19
Lindiwe Mazibuko (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Lindiwe Mazibuko (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Cape Town - DA leader Helen Zille has lashed out at ANC MPs for their taunts about her Parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko’s weight and fashion sense, reported the Sunday Times newspaper.

Zille said, in Mazibuko’s defence, that she should be judged on her ideas and debating skills instead of being mocked for her fashion taste, accent or weight.

The comment follows two separate incidents by two different MPs this week in parliament. ANC MP John Jeffery fired the first salvo on Tuesday saying: “The leader of the official opposition is meant to be a leader of a party. It’s meant to be a person of some stature. Now the honourable Mazibuko may be a person of some weight, but is she of some stature?”

The next day another ANC MP, Buti Manamela, said some people blamed President Jacob Zuma for everything that went wrong in South Africa: “Flights get delayed, blame Zuma. The weather is bad, blame Zuma. The rand is too weak, blame Zuma. There’s a cloud on Table Mountain, blame Zuma. The honourable Mazibuko has bad fashion taste and has been arrested by the fashion police, blame Zuma.”

Zille said she was “appalled at the extent of the racism and sexism this reveals, not to mention the double standards”.

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