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Apparently, middle fingers just won’t do as insults in South Africa’s Parliament anymore.
On Tuesday, during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Q&A session, everyone’s favourite subject on Twitter for the past month Malusi Gigaba hit Mbuyiseni Ndlozi with a pinky finger gesture, after the EFF member suggested that ministers get phones that have no camera and cannot be hacked.
“It can’t even be hacked this phone. Can I come maybe give it to you so you have a model of what phones might be critical for honourable Cabinet members?” Ndlozi added, making reference to Gigaba’s leaked sex tape.
Gigaba, not amused, responded with this.
— taps (@tapsyee) 6 November 2018
Gigaba later apologised, suggesting that the gesture indeed played into a discourse of toxic masculinity. Basically, yes. Parliament has devolved into a literal dick measuring contest.
“I apologise, unreservedly, for this gesture. The petty taunts that provoked it and the strain I have been taking, over the past 10 days, are no excuse for my indiscretion,” he tweeted.
I apologise, unreservedly, for this gesture. The petty taunts that provoked it and the strain I have been taking, over the past 10 days, are no excuse for my indiscretion which is perfectly summed-up in this tweet by @SpheDludla. https://t.co/Gqko6q5fG2
— Malusi Gigaba (@mgigaba) 7 November 2018
People aren’t buying it though.
Heavens. Gigaba is now playing the victim card…which apparently excuses his disgusting behaviour in the NA yesterday.
— Dianne KohlerBarnard (@DKB20) 7 November 2018
While others were asking the real questions.
— Portia Gumede (@portiagumedesa) 6 November 2018
Feature image: screenshot, Parliament of RSA via YouTube