New govt condoms not a joke - Ramaphosa

2016-09-07 20:10
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa shows the packets of new silent and nice-smelling condoms. (Parliamentary Channel via YouTube)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa shows the packets of new silent and nice-smelling condoms. (Parliamentary Channel via YouTube)

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Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday accused an EFF MP of treating the introduction of new government condoms as flippant.

The EFF’s Tebogo Mokwele asked him why he would “brag” about new government condoms instead of discussing the implementation of a national minimum wage.

“Instead he bragged about new condoms in Parliament, and how they taste and that they don't make noise, as if he tested them somewhere," she said to giggles from the House, including from Ramaphosa.

He was answering questions in the National Council of Provinces.

House chair Thandi Modise interjected, saying supplementary questions should stay on topic.

“Your principal question has nothing to do with condoms,” Modise said.

“All I want to say is, stop bragging about condoms and confirm with us the implementation of a minimum wage,” Mokwele concluded.

Last week, Ramaphosa showed MPs in the National Assembly the government's new free, grape or strawberry flavoured "Max" condoms. He said they increased pleasure, smelt better, reduced noise, and provided better protection.

'Here to save lives'

“It is possible that she is treating this matter flippantly,” Ramaphosa replied.

“My responsibility when introducing the new condoms was to spread the message of prevention for HIV/Aids,” he said to applause from delegates.

"We are here to prevent a disease that is spreading in our country. We want young people to be aware of the pandemic still underway."

In answering Mokwele's original question on a national minimum wage, Ramaphosa said government, unions and the private sector, had not yet agreed on the issue.

He said a seven-person panel was being brought in to help the government task team arrive at a consensus. Employers would be given ample warning of an increased minimum wage to avoid unnecessary job losses, he said.

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