Cape Town – Members of Parliament gloated about their respective election victories during the first post-election sitting of the National Assembly on Tuesday.
DA Chief Whip John Steenhuisen picked on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who owns a stake in McDonald’s SA.
"In the House we have Mr Ronald McDonald himself. The ANC’s election results are his fault," he said, referring to the fast-food franchise’s mascot clown.
"He arrogantly told his supporters in Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay that the ANC was not going to lose any key metros.
"Now he’s swapped his Happy Meal for a bit of humble pie."
EFF leader Julius Malema was scathing of the ruling party during his speech on the election results. After the debate concluded, he stood up to raise one last point of order.
"Madam Speaker, I never thought I would live through the day where the ANC was crying for the EFF votes," he said cheekily, before sitting down again.
His comrade Mbuyiseni Ndlozi followed him, asking stand-in Speaker Mmatlala Borotho if Baleka Mbete would be returning to her seat to give her take on the election results.
"She needs to come and share her perspective," he said with a smile.
In his speech, ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu defiantly declared that the ANC still won the elections with 54% of the vote nationally, down from 61% in the 2011 local government elections.
EFF MPs cheered and jeered as Mthembu claimed victory. Ndlozi shouted sarcastically: "Well done! Hip hip [hooray]."
During his speech, Freedom Front Plus MP Pieter Mulder asked: "Will Mr Zuma go back to Soweto and tell voters what went wrong? Will he go to Tshwane and tell the people that the ANC lost before Jesus came back?"
Ramaphosa laughed when DA MP Kevin Mileham remarked that President Jacob Zuma would be working in a DA-led metro in Pretoria, and visiting a DA-led metro in Cape Town when visiting Parliament.
The National Assembly is due to have its second plenary session of the third term on Wednesday at 15:00.