It was another session of English class in Parliament on Tuesday. The brief class saw the spokesperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, tutor South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on the difference between “coalition” and “collision”.
Ndlozi, fondly known as the people’s bae, is one MP that doesn’t accede to wrong grammar or bad habits during sitting and won’t hesitate to lose his cool with erring colleagues.
In the video, which went viral on the social media, the wide-mouthed fighter tried to tell the minister that the word “coalition” has a different meaning from the word “collision”. This was after minister Gigaba asserted that the Economic Freedom Fighters went into ‘collision’ with other political parties.
He also raised a point of order that the EFF is not in any coalition with any party and advised the minister to get his facts straight or step aside and stop deceiving South Africans.
Gigaba, who was earlier dubbed Instagram minister was further reminded that the Parliament is not an Instagram platform.
Months ago, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was publicly dubbed a “sleepist” by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi after he caught her sleeping in parliament in an uncomfortable position during a debate.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi thundered:
“Honourable Speaker, I am worried that this minister that we pay so much, Minister Maite, she’s sleeping in parliament and with that position she is going to fall. I don’t know, what’s happening.
We pay you, don’t sleep here. We are busy debating and you are busy sleeping. You’re a sleepist, you think we are sleepists here. You are sleeping on duty.”
Word formation in South Africa has taken a new and faster course – many thanks to the EFF. Lately, the media was bombarded with new words that could keep one flipping through the pages of a dictionary for decades in a bid to know their meanings.
I hope you’ve heard about ‘lateism’? If not, then you must be living in another country outside South Africa. Of course, I know you are now conversant with “tjatjarag” and EFF-coined word- “Zupta”.
Now, they have extended the name calling to ministers. Home Affairs ministers have been dubbed “Instagram minister” while local government affairs minister Des van Rooyen was once dubbed “Gupta Blessee” minister.