Don't say I'm loaded with money – Sisulu

2016-02-17 17:53
Lindiwe Sisulu (GCIS)

Lindiwe Sisulu (GCIS)

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2016-02-17 16:52

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Cape Town – Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was deeply offended by an assertion that she was "loaded with money", made during a noisy session of the National Assembly on Wednesday.

"That is not true! That is absolute rubbish!" said Sisulu after a comment by DA National Council of Provinces member, Jacques Julius, during the State of the Nation address (SONA) debate.

But when Sisulu used the word "rubbish", the opposition benches roared, waiting for her to be forced to withdraw the word, which earlier brought proceedings to a grinding halt when presiding officer, Raseriti Tau, declared it unparliamentary.

Sisulu said she would withdraw, but added: "I have been insulted here."

"You cannot allow a blatant lie to continue," she implored Tau.

According to a copy of his speech, Julius said: "Minister Sisulu, the ANC has failed to address the huge gap between the rich and the poor. Instead, the Cabinet have enriched themselves heavily. You are loaded with cash, mostly through corruption – money that was meant to build our economy."

Sisulu closed Tuesday's debate on President Jacob Zuma's SONA by praising the president.

'That man'

According to the Members Register of Interests, Sisulu declared a 1 400m2 property in Linden, Johannesburg, where her parents lived, and had interests in two trusts, the details for only one of which were provided.

She declared a directorship in a voter registration campaign NGO for 1999, called Votani Mawethu. She declared 500 ordinary shares in Sanlam worth R36 000 and 75 shares worth R75 in Edgebay Investments.

Sisulu is the daughter of late ANC stalwarts, Albertina and Walter Sisulu.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi stood up and wearily raised yet another point of order. He complained that it was unparliamentary to call Zuma "that man".

"We are called honourable members," he said.

'Political dwarf'

When Tau asked him if he had said that about Zuma, Julius retorted: "Honourable chair, I thought you are in the house. You hear something, you don't hear something. Can you please take charge of the House."

Julius said he had forgotten whether he said it or not, and advised Tau to consult Hansard, the record of proceedings in Parliament.

"It's been an emotional time chair, so long ago, I might have, I might not have."

He stirred the pot even more by saying a "political dwarf" had been grown in one week, and he had barely finished the sentence when there was a complaint.

He raised his shoulders and his palms and looked innocently at Tau saying: "It's an expression."

"I withdraw the part that you want me to withdraw, and I add that it's a honourable political dwarf."

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