What you said: Naledi Chirwa went ‘too far’ with Ramaphosa diss
A vast majority of TimesLIVE readers have shared their disappointment at EFF MP Naledi Chirwa calling President Cyril Ramaphosa a “weak little child”, saying she should respect her elders.
Chirwa drew backlash this week when she responded to the president’s weekly newsletter by labelling him a “toothless” and “weak little boy”.
Ramaphosa used his letter to share his thoughts on the recent fire at parliament, part one of the state capture report and the fierce debate on the constitution sparked in the aftermath of tourism minister Lindiwe Sisulu’s controversial opinion piece.
“We need to protect our constitution, our democratic state and the electoral process from anyone who wants to weaken our democracy and deny the SA people their hard-won freedom,” read the letter.
While many weighed in on his comments, Chirwa took aim at Ramaphosa.
“You’re such a weak little boy. All your fellow stooges you sent to collapse Lindiwe [Sisulu] were collapsed themselves. It won’t be surprising if you do what little boys do when overpowered by women. Throw the tantrum, we are expecting it. You’ll forever remain a toothless boy. Mfana ke mfana (a boy is a boy),” she wrote.
She made several allegations against Ramaphosa and said nothing would make her respect him.
She later hit back at criticism from people who alleged she is not South African, saying “lies” will never silence her.
TimesLIVE ran a poll asking readers if they thought Chirwa had “gone too far” with her comments.
The poll has so far got over 10,000 votes with 89% of readers who voted saying she crossed the line and should “respect her elders”.
11% said she “was telling the truth”.
The debate continued on social media.
“No she was 100% correct,” said Clement Mbuso Mashiyane.
“Personal attacks are never justified,” argued Jack Prentice.
Buti Budaza said Chirwa was just getting started.
“Actually she just started. She is supposed to go too deep until Cyril Ramaphosa run out of this country. Women are dealing with Cyril Ramaphosa. Lindiwe Sisulu, Naledi Chirwa, Bathabile Dlamini and more women are to tell him worse words.”
Bongi Mamntungwa said Chirwa “was out of order”.
“We are also not impressed with the president’s leadership but respect [it] is important. She probably wanted to impress her bosses.”
Thats nothing. Zuma was insulted every day and didnt catch feelings. She used a figurative language, there is no insult here. Some one not decisive would be called like that.— Independent (@Indepentdepend1) January 18, 2022
She is out of order undermining head of state, she must be reprimanded.— Thabo Moeketsi (@touchmoeketsi2) January 18, 2022
No she didn't... She used the same constitution that they say is perfect to say what she is constitutionally allowed to say— . (@V3ry_Offensiv3) January 18, 2022
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