During his three-minute performance evaluation on Wednesday, Democratic Alliance MP Leon Schreiber blasted Cabinet ministers such as Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Police Minister Bheki Cele.
During the discussion on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet’s motion of no confidence, Schreiber reviewed the Cabinet’s performance “because the ANC honestly refuses to examine the performance of this Cabinet.”
Ministers Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Ebrahim Patel were roasted for the lockdown restrictions that prohibited the sale of cigarettes and cooked meals.
“They must have once had a terrible encounter with the chain smoking flip-flop-wearing alcoholic chicken, because they used the entire lockdown to settle their vendetta,” said Schreiber.
“In a similar vein, Defence Minister Thandi Modise’s only war is against the innocent pigs on her farm. That is, assuming she isn’t busy popping Champaign at the Russian Embassy with the Ukrainian invaders.”
Modise’s office defended her attendance at a cocktail party at the home of Russian Ambassador to South Africa Ilya Rogachev on the day Russia invaded Ukraine, claiming that it was “integral to the fulfillment of defence international affairs, of which the defence establishment has severally with many other countries.” BusinessLiVE quoted Modise’s spokesperson Cornelius Monama as stating, “The Russian Motherland Defender’s Day is an annual event to which the diplomatic, defense, and commercial groups are always invited.”
Modise’s animal cruelty complaint was rejected by the Potchefstroom Regional Court earlier this year. Modise could not be held liable for the crimes perpetrated on her property in the North West, according to the court.
On Mbalula, Schreiber said: “While our railways collapse and potholes gobble up our roads, the transport minister tweets about his dream of going to the moon. South Africans would gladly pay for that trip as long as it’s a one-way ticket. And luckily the minister is so full of hot air that we’d probably save a fortune on rocket fuel.”
Mbalula’s tweet, in which he claimed to have landed “in” the moon, prompted Schreiber’s remark.
He also chastised Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe for stating that the country should not simply abandon coal in favor of cleaner renewables.
“He’s the last living member of the species of fossil fuel dinosaur previously thought extinct and he is not making it count. He spends his days fighting against renewable energy and taxing us to death at the petrol pump and in his spare time he defies the Zondo commission over Bosasa corruption,” said Schreiber.
He was responding to Mantashe’s claim that he will seek judicial review of the Zondo report after being named as one of several ANC members who benefited illegally from Bosasa’s corruption.
The R37 million Zimbabwean border fence was earmarked for Minister Patricia de Lille.
“She hanged R37 million worth of South Africans out to dry on her laundry line,” she said.
“If this poverty Cabinet had to go back to school, not a single one of them would pass the 30% pass threshold set for our kids.”