In her signature manner, energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson had some of the National Assembly in stitches when describing the opposition during the second day of the State of the Nation debate. Delinquents, copycats and drunk uncles, were some of the words she used when referring to EFF leader Julius Malema and the DA official opposition.
“I brought school learners, and I bring them regularly to this esteemed house. Honourable Malema – I wish he was here, and I wish to tell him, he is a very popular person.
“These learners all want to know where he sits, they want to take pictures with him, they love him. And I try to understand… I thought they liked his overall.”
But this was not the case for one six-year-old who apparently told her that Malema was a “hooligan”.
“You know…(the) learner told me, that this is a hooligan who manages to be called honourable,” Petterson she said with a look of disbelief on her face.
“This learner says, if you behave like that, you go to the school principal. He takes you and he beats you well. And if you dare tell your parents, you know… that school principal will beat your parent too.
“If you behave like that at home, even your mother will beat you. Now, this six-year-old tells me that this one we call a juvenile delinquent.”
She said “in the Northern Cape a juvenile delinquent was called someone who moved from ‘ignorance to decadence without passing through civilisation’. You have missed a phase in your life.”
Facing the DA and its leader Mmusi Maimane she then said: “Other copycats… don’t be drawn in by a juvenile delinquent.
“Don’t compete with a juvenile delinquent please.! The copycat becomes like that drunk uncle that attends family gatherings.
“This drunk uncle drank his cheap wine nap-shushu… salie-halie… Namaqua Daisy… and when he gets to your party, he tells you that your wine is not good enough. Now how do you have the temerity to tell this Honourable President that his wine is not good enough?”
Petterson then referred to the ANC as the “mother body”.
“Honourable Maimane do not join a young man who will be angry for the rest of his life because of the mother body. The mother body will continue long after Julius Malema.”