An edited video of Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini proving everybody wrong on allegations that she takes alcohol has resurfaced on the internet.
The video didn’t only portray Dlamini as stubborn as a mule when it comes to the allegation, it also showed a defiant Dlamini showing off some sense of humour about Malema’s current body weight.
In the first segment of the video, the minister was captured shunning EFF MPs alleging that she was drunk during an official gathering.
In January, Bathabile made headlines for attending an official event behind schedule and allegedly drunk. Eyewitnesses in attendance at the event at the Germiston Civic Centre in Ekurhuleni, said the minister was allegedly “unsteady on her feet”.
They further alleged Dlamini was struggling to stand and also used the microphone stand for support when sitting and standing up. She reportedly told the crowd stories that were not related to the topic at hand, causing many to leave in a hurry.
The minister was subsequently defended by her spokesperson Lumka Oliphant, who attested that Dlamini has never tasted or touched an alcohol.
Reacting to the heckling, she replied the MPs in the video saying: “I don’t know alcohol, I’ve never touched alcohol. And people who know me, they know that I don’t drink, and that’s it.”
In the second segment of the video, shared by an Instagram user guccichic, Dlamini was captured responding to questions from an EFF MP who accuses her department of ‘cannibalism’ for using CPS, a company that was unlawfully awarded the Sassa contract, to pay grants.
As she tries to respond to the questions, EFF leader Julius Malema was heard in the background saying something. Dlamini quickly responds with: “Okay … shut up, you slender for nonsense.”
After responding, the EFF leader took exception to the comment and asked her to withdraw “body-shaming” comment.
Malema said: “Eh, Bathabile Dlamini, she was body-shaming another honourable member. So it’s very important that you ask her to withdraw that because body-shaming is a serious problem in this country.”
Instead of apologizing to the fighter, the minister hilariously denied body-shaming him. She insisted that she was glad Malema has lost some weight.