In an off-script remark while delivering the 2018 Budget Speech, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba decided to make a joke about being caught out playing Candy Crush in Parliament. In the same breath he referenced the fact that he’s often been called a “Minister of Instagram” for his sharp dressing and social media presence.
He made headlines on Friday after a reporter took a photo of him playing the addictive game on his iPad prior to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden state of the nation address.
The controversial minister was heckled by the opposition (minus the EFF because they opted to boycott what they consider a minister captured by the Guptas) when he said: “At risk of being called minister of Instagram”, he thanked a social media user for saying they would be willing to join him in “Candy Crush rehab”. He said others needed far more serious rehab, especially those “to his left”, meaning the DA.
He received heckling as well as laughter. There were far more boos later from the opposition when he thanked former president Jacob Zuma for the role he had played in the budgeting process.
— Man's Not Barry Roux (@AdvBarryRoux) February 15, 2018
— Verashni Pillay (@verashni) February 21, 2018
"At risk of being called minister of Instagram…. join me in Candy Crush rehab" – How is it possible Malusi Gigaba is still our finance minister? How do we take him seriously? #BudgetSpeech2018
— Toby Shapshak (@shapshak) February 21, 2018