- DA parliamentary member Tsepo Mhlongo has been accused of shopping for alcohol while in an online parliamentary meeting on Wednesday this week
- A flash of what looked like the MP dressed in blue jeans and black shoes briefly flashed across the screens of the peace and security ministers who were also taking part in the meeting
- EFF MP Natasha Ntlangwini, rising on a point of order, identified the man as Mhlongo
South Africa has just come out of a long alcohol ban. Many thirsty locals celebrated when the ban was lifted this week. Among those who seemingly could not wait is Democratic Alliances parliamentary member, Tsepo Mlongo.
During a virtual meeting with other peace and security ministers, in what seemed to be a technical glitch, a picture of a man wearing blue jeans and black shoes with a trolley filled with booze in the background flashed across the screens of the parliamentary members' screens.
The footage came through just as African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe was questioning police minister Bheki Cele about the work of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks).
Once the police minister had answered his questions, EFF's Natasha Ntlangwini pointed out that the man in the footage was Tsepo Mhlongo.
“Tsepo Mhlongo was busy within Tops. Can we please ensure that this comrade gets out of the liquor [store] and comes to the work of parliament because the guy's in Tops as we speak,” she said.
She then asked the IT department to get the footage to Grace Boruto, who was presiding over the virtual meeting.
According to Timeslive, other MPs, including Home Affairs Deputy Minister Njabulo Nzuza and Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu also objected to the video of an MP “walking at a liquor store while connected to a sitting of parliament”.
Meanwhile, his fellow DA MP, Cameron MacKenzie, came to Tsepo's defence, saying that the other MPs should not throw around allegations, adding that they should provide proper evidence to support those allegations.
In true South African nature, Mzansi joked about the allegations on Twitter.
"DA fought for sale of alcohol and cigarettes, he was celebrating their victory."
"Been missing his beer for a long time now! Things happen!."
Earlier this week Briefly.co.za reported that a truck loaded with beer crashed in Factoria, Krugersdorp and unfortunately locals took the opportunity to loot.
The scene was soon full of local residents who helped themselves to the crates full of alcohol which were spewed across the street around the truck. While most people were walking away with some booze, others helped officers clean up the broken bottles.
While many Twitter users laughed and made jokes about the beer looting, others asked about the safety of the driver. Some people wondered out loud when something like this would happen around their neighbourhoods.
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