South African Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu took offense at a declaration during a national assembly session that she was “loaded with money”
A DA National Council of Provinces member, Jacques Julius made the comment during the Sate of the Nation Address debate.
According to report on the speech Julius made, he 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.”
Lindiwe Sisulu showed her disapproval of the comment by saying “That is not true! That is absolute rubbish!”
However, the “rubbish” word Lindiwe Sisulu used led to an uproar in the opposition benches, while they waited impatiently for the house to force her to withdraw the word.
The whole drama brought proceedings to a rash halt when presiding officer, Raseriti Tau, declared it unparliamentary.
Sisulu was forced to withdraw the word but not without adding: “I have been insulted here.”
“You cannot allow a blatant lie to continue,” she implored Tau.
Lindiwe Sisulu is the daughter of late ANC supporters, Albertina and Walter Sisulu.
Julius’ remark may be based on good reasons because according to the Members Register of Interests, Sisulu declared a 1 400m squared property in Linden, Johannesburg, where her parents lived, and had interests in two trusts but one was provided with details.
She also declared 500 ordinary shares in Sanlam worth R36 000 and 75 shares worth R75 in Edgebay Investments among other things.
Notwithstanding the spiteful utterances made during the debate, Sisulu concluded Tuesday’s debate on 2016 SONA by praising the president and his administration.