Political parties lash out at Zuma
16 February 2010
‘OWN UP’: Mbhazima Shilowa
ON SPECIAL LEAVE: Lennit Max
FIGHTING BACK: Fikile Mbalula
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Fangs bared during debate on State of the Nation speech
THE gloves were off in Parliament last night as different political parties lashed out at each other over uncontrolled lust, morality and extra marital affairs.
The nine-hour debate on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address took an unseemly turn as night fell.
“The recent events affecting the president are a direct opposite of what Mandela struggled for,” said Cope MP Mluleki George. He said South Africa could not afford to spend another day talking about “peoples’ uncontrolled desires”, including that of the president.
The DA’s Mike Waters also lashed out at Zuma, telling him “you do not consider yourself bound by the norms of safe sex”.
Cope deputy president Mbhazima Shilowa told Zuma: “The message on ABC has been dealt a fatal blow. It is now very difficult for all of us to speak about abstain, be faithful and condomise.”
But Deputy Police Minister Fikile Mbalula hit back, reminding the DA that their married Western Cape MEC for community safety was on special leave after a scandal erupted over his extramarital affair last week.
“When Lennit Max, the DA MEC in Western Cape, is doing something we are told it must be understood to be private, but the only person who is not private is Zuma. This is hypocrisy of the worst order. It reflects backwardness in the politics of the opposition,” Mbalula said.
Referring to the two children that Shilowa allegedly fathered but failed to pay maintenance for, Mbalula said: “Congress of whatever, our president has owned up to everything he has done. The moral bankruptcy is of those not far from your eyes who have not owned up. You must learn to support your own children before you can throw stones everywhere.”
Mbalula added that the DA appeared to be “jealous” of ANC Youth League’s “vibrant voice” and of its leader Julius Malema, who he described as a “jewel”.
“Once Helen Zille has spoken, all is said and done, baie dankie, goeie more, there is no vibrant voice in the DA,” Mbalula quipped.