The Budget Speech is always a big event in the Minister of Finance's annual schedule, and it seems Malusi Gigaba wanted to make the most of his first, and possibly, his last presentation of the speech.
While South Africans understand that the changes in the budget will mean life will become a bit more expensive, Gigaba made a number of jokes during his speech, perhaps in the hopes that it would lessen blows like VAT increases and alcohol and tobacco duties.
Briefly.co.za found some of the best reactions from Twitter, and considering the laughter at (or with) Gigaba, he may have a future in stand-up comedy if he doesn't manage to hold onto his current job.
Here are three parts of Gigaba's Budget Speech that had South Africans in stitches:
1. Gigaba quotes Kendrick Lamar
Gigaba kicked off his speech with an energetic quote from "urban poet" Kendrick Lamar, which had Twitter in riotous laughter.
The DA’s John Steenhuisen's response to Gigaba’s comment was equally hilarious:
2. Alcohol and Tobacco Duties
The response to the rise in Alcohol and Tobacco duties made it seem more like a bad joke than a tax increase.
3. Candy Crush Rehab
Gigaba’s “Candy Crush” rehab comments triggered another burst of laughter on Twitter. The Minister of Finance was referencing how he was caught out playing the game during SONA 2018.
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