Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba's week has gone from bad to worse, as the pressure regarding his ties with the Guptas continues to be piled on.
The stress appears to have affected his health; he called in sick just minutes before the National Assembly resumed question time on Wednesday, as Parliament prepared to continue grilling him on whether or not he used his influence inappropriately to fast-track the citizenship of various Gupta family members.
After flat-out contradictory statements – last year he told Parliament that five members of the family were South African citizens, and justified the fast-tracking of their naturalisation, whereas now he insists that no Gupta received SA citizenship despite evidence in the public domain – both MPs and the voting public are calling him out as a liar, and mocking his claims of being "too ill" to answer questions.
Twitter managed to cross the line immediately, as always. The prevailing theory among the twitterati is that eating state-owned "Enterprise" has left him with a case of "Lie-steriosis".
Tweets also poked fun at him for getting caught playing "Candy Crush" during President Ramaphosa's state of the nation address last month, and Gigaba's reference to Kendrick Lamar's "Gonna Be Right" during the Budget speech in his previous role as Minister of Finance.
Here's what tweeps had to say:
Whoever did this, doesn't deserve data. Stru. pic.twitter.com/PsZTx8otg9— Nomboniso Gasa (@nombonisogasa) March 7, 2018
#MalusiGigaba after realizing his lies are exposed,helped himself to polony to get ill— TheRealChironga (@EliahChironga) March 8, 2018
How do you wear a blue suit and tie, go on national television and tie yourself in a knot of blue lies #MalusiGigaba— Vezuchiy Fanashnikov (@fanamokoena) March 6, 2018
#MalusiGigaba the reason that he isnt in Parly is that hes got Listeriosis cos he ate state owned enterprise 😂😂😂— Churchy Veron Bunu (@CVBunu) March 7, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Malusi Gigaba is now "sick" after he ate enterprise polony for lunch. This happened after a new revelations about Atul Gupta permanent residency.— Wandile Khuzwayo (@wandilek) March 7, 2018
Yes just hope Malusi Gigaba is sick not playing candy crush on his tablet 😝 pic.twitter.com/13pHLXaZfO— Kween Sibeso! 🔥🔥🔥 (@MissDivaNumber1) March 7, 2018