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ANC MP shut down during virtual meeting for joking about booze

There's never a dull moment in parliament - even when MPs are meeting virtually due to the lockdown.
There's never a dull moment in parliament - even when MPs are meeting virtually due to the lockdown.
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If you're having withdrawal symptoms caused by the shortage of alcohol due to the booze ban, don't worry - you're not alone. Even our lawmakers are struggling to control their thirst.

ANC MP Alfred Tseki could not hold himself on Tuesday and complained that the background of his colleague Enock Mthethwa was making him “thirsty” during a virtual portfolio committee meeting.

This was a human settlements, water and sanitation committee meeting meant to receive feedback from human settlements minister Lindiwe Sisulu about her departments' interventions during the national lockdown.

“No, no, chairperson, member Mthethwa is making us thirsty. We are thirsty and there is the booze,” joked Tseki in isiZulu.

Mthethwa was readying himself to pose a question to departmental officials during the meeting when his background showed a number of bottles of whiskey. He was seemingly unaware of his background display and quickly changed his positioning.

But EFF MP Rebecca Mohlala was quick to call Tseki to order over his “thirst”.

“Please stop going on about booze. We have not spoken yet and we are waiting to speak and you are busy telling us about booze. You get thirsty [for booze] a lot,” said Mohlala, also speaking in isiZulu. 

Since the lockdown started, MPs have been given an opportunity to do their work from home, typically using the Microsoft Teams app.

Numerous South Africans have flooded social media in the past three weeks complaining about running out of booze. Some have gone as far as making their own home-brewed beer using pineapples. 

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