On the rare occasions that the EFF get to spend more than a few minutes in Parliament before being forcibly removed or asked to leave, their national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi manages to get in a few priceless jibes. SIMONE MATIKA rounds up six moments “the people’s bae” lit up Parly with his smart mouth.
1. The sleepist saga, hebanna!
Ndlozi called out International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for apparently sleeping. “I’m worried that this minister that we pay so much is sleeping in parliament. We pay you, don’t sleep here! You are a sleepist, do you think we are sleepists here?”, he said to much cheering. And he was even worried that she would fall over in that position. Aaaaw.
2. When politics and religion collide
Ndlozi accused ANC MP, Pule Mabe, of relying on the Bible because his politics is bankrupt. “It looks like when politics escape you we start relying on the Bible because politics have gone bankrupt; is it parliamentary?”
3. His cheeky nicknames
Ndlozi has a thing for giving parliamentarians special names, since he once called Baleka Mbete “Magogo Mbete” and also called minister Blade Nzimande “Bra Blade”. When called out on it, Ndlozi got cheeky with the Deputy Speaker and said that he meant it as a term of respect.
4. Don’t try to play games in Parliament
Ndlozi accused Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, of playing morabaraba with another minister in parliament. “I think parliament must take exception to ministers who don’t listen when their turn to listen comes and go and play morabaraba with other ministers.”
5. That time he quoted Rick Ross (or did Ross steal his lines?)
We’d like to thank whoever took the time to recognise game and make this mash-up.
6. That time he invoked the spirit of MaBrrr
Ndlozi asked if minister Des van Rooyen is allowed to speak during the week whilst they were having a debate on the Vuwani crisis – “Honourable chair, isn’t it procedural that we should allow him to speak Saturdays and Sundays because he’s a weekend special?”
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi calling Des Van Rooyen a "weekend special" may be the best thing to happen in parliament recently: https://t.co/yZhMcwCAfV
— Saul Kropman (@saulkza) May 17, 2016
Ndlozi has only been an MP for two years, but he’s been keeping the National Assembly so lit that we can’t help but look forward to his outbursts from time to time.