Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, a member of the radical leftist party; Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) called out South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane when he caught her dozing in the chamber.
“She is still sleeping! We pay you. Don’t sleep here”- he shouted.
It took a fellow close-by to wake her up to figure out what was going. When she was awake, she tried to speak up in apparent attempt to say she was not sleeping to which she was denied. The speaker criticised both of them for causing confusion and for disrupting proceedings in the house.
A video of the minister having a nap has since gone viral on social media and attracted ridicule from many South Africans. What makes Nkoana-Mashabane’s siesta shocking was that it happened at the time MPs were debating the very controversial topic of whether President Jacob Zuma should be impeached after the country’s highest court found that he had breached the constitution.
In February, members of the EFF were thrown out of parliament for continuously interrupting President Zuma when he was delivery the state of the nation address.