National spokesperson of the Democratic Alliance (DA) Phumzile van Damme has come out to defend herself against those who called on her to “respect” Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.
Van Damme is among members of parliament (MPs) who are part of the SABC inquiry set up to probe the SABC board’s fitness to hold office.
There are those who were not happy at the way the DA MP was questioning the minister, because apparently “she’s old enough to be her mother”.
The top DA member was having none of it. According to her, Muthambi is only 40 years old, and she’s 33.
“Those saying I must “respect Muthambi because she’s old enough to be my mother” 1. She’s 40, I’m 33 2. We’re both MPs 3. This is Parliament.
Those saying I must "respect Muthambi because she's old enough to be my mother"
1. She's 40, I'm 33
2. We're both MPs
3. This is Parliament
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) December 14, 2016
“While I’m at it. Stop with this nonsense of telling angry women they’re ’emotional’. Saw that for both [Makhosi] Khoza & I. We’re entitled to be angry.
“But, won’t let the negative overshadow, 90% messages more positive than negative. Thanks for the encouragement tweeps, at YOUR service!
Even Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi does not think Muthambi deserves any respect. In fact he thinks no one respects her.
“It is a fact that no body respects Muthambi, not even Muthambi respects Muthambi. How could she when she takes orders from Hlaudi?”
It is a fact that no body respects Muthambi, not even Muthambi respects Muthambi. How could she when she takes orders from Hlaudi? https://t.co/0iZOYbCItT
— Mbuyiseni Ndlozi (@MbuyiseniNdlozi) December 15, 2016
This after she said in parliament that she did not have any relationship with the controversial Guptas.
“The audacity to lie to parliament… Lies seem deeper than genetic in the ANC Zuma cabinet. She will swallow her fork tongue soon,” he said on twitter.
Ndlozi does not think Muthambi deserves to be a minister and further saying the only way she would continue serving the country in that position would be because of President Jacob Zuma who has “lost his head”.
“If Muthambi is still a minister when we wake up tomorrow morning, that will be because the head of state has long lost his head!”