The Citizen asked people on the city’s streets in KwaZulu-Natal what they thought about the news that politicians such as Baleka Mbete and Malusi Gigaba had pulled out of the parliamentary list ahead of the swearing-in ceremony yesterday. Oddly enough, many chose to speak on Gigaba – the one they knew the most about because of his sex tape scandal.
Shaka Tshaka says for Nomvula Mokonyane to leave parliament is a good thing since she’s allegedly been getting extra money from the Watson brothers, according to the Bosasa scandal. It is a big offence and corruption. Some people don’t have jobs and people are suffering, and it shows the country is going nowhere.
Blessing Balolun says he thinks it’s good for Malusi Gigaba not to go to parly because someone else can portray the country better. And there is the scandal around him of ‘that video’ going viral. Since he is not going back, it puts the country in a better light and brings fresher people and ideas.
Thulasizwe Mncwane says they have reasons why they feel they cannot be part of parliament. They are aware of the things they did during their terms. ‘l don’t blame them. It’s good of them to let other people do what is good for the country. As for Gigaba, home affairs had too many irregularities.’
Gugu Mbatha says it’s good for Gigaba not to go back to parliament because he wasn’t going to get the respect he had before the sex video went viral. ‘Even if l meet him l don’t think l can give him that respect again.’