Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, the people’s bae, congratulated parliament speaker Baleka Mbete on her marriage and left her blushing despite her efforts to keep a straight face.
In a video posted on Facebook by Avimedia, Ndlozi interrupted Mbete while she was talking and said he wanted to rise in terms of Rule 31 that allowed him to raise an urgent motion without notice.
“I want to sincerely speak on behalf at least of the EFF to congratulate you on your new marriage, sincerely. We believe in love, and we believe that we must celebrate people who found love. We wish you success and happiness sincerely and genuinely. I mean that from the bottom of my heart, thank you very much.”
Ndlozi further asked everyone else in parliament to associate themselves with the “urgent motion” and congratulate the speaker. “Let us celebrate love, comrades.”
Mbete tried to maintain a level tone when responding to Ndlozi, something that proved difficult to do since everyone else, including ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu, was laughing and clapping.
“Honourable Ndlozi, if I were you I would have chosen a different time, but now that you’ve done that, may I take the opportunity to congratulate the honourable Hlophe,” a comment that left room in stitches.
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Mbete, 67, married businessman Nape Khomo in a private ceremony on her birthday in the Eastern Cape in September this year.
Mbete opted for a baby blue dress with a pink doek and scarf in a ceremony attended by a few select people. But the wedding was part of Twitter chatter the night before the occassion.