On Wednesday, EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu honoured his agreement to buy President Zuma’s most vocal supporter Jimmy Manyi lunch if Zuma wins the no-confidence vote.
The men had had a bet on Tuesday’s motion no-confidence in President Zuma. Dali had promised to buy Manyi lunch if Zuma wins while Manyi was to buy Mpofu lunch if Zuma loses.
The friendly wager was made public by Manyi on Twitter, where he wrote: “Finally @AdvDali Mpofu honouring his commitment to buy me lunch after losing his bet. Prez Zuma is still His Excellency #SecretBallot”
— Mzwanele Manyi (@MzwaneleManyi) August 9, 2017
Also attached to the tweet was a picture of himself and Advocate Mpofu, sitting together in a restaurant, wearing ANC and EFF T-shirts respectively.
Although the vote was closer than many may have expected, Mpofu still lost and duly paid his dues.
Mpofu had arrived late to the restaurant. However, he quickly apologized to Manyi (but not without a side-splitting comment). He tweeted: “Sorry I arrived a bit late…I was sure we were meeting at Saxonwold Shebeen… Congrats…but brace yourself for the next round!”
Sorry I arrived a bit late…I was sure we were meeting at Soxonwold Shebeen…😂😂
Congrats…but brace yourself for the next round!✊🏾✊🏾 https://t.co/SxhhaFOCHh
— Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) August 9, 2017
The advocate was indirectly referring to the fact that Manyi had allegedly received money from the Gupta family.
The two men are known for sparring with each other on Twitter, often debating major political issues. EFF leaders – Dali Mpofu, Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu Mpofu – were all members of the African National Congress (ANC) before the formation of the EFF.
Mpofu reportedly joined the EFF after he left the ANC on 4 November 2013 after 33 years of membership.
In the legal sphere, Mpofu has made a mark for himself as one of South Africa’s most renowned lawyers. He, once, represented the miners who were injured during the August 2012 Marikana Massacre and those who were arrested at The Farlam Commission of Inquiry.
He is an Acting Judge for the Labour Court of South Africa and Chairman of the ICT BEE Charter Working Group.
Mpofu also served as Winni Madikizela-Mandela’s deputy on the Social Development Department of the ANC before the 1994 General Election of South Africa.
He got married to Mpumi Nxumalo in 2004. They are blessed with four children, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh, Letsema Mpofu, Mncedisi Mpofu, and Zwekazi Mpofu.