Jul 26, 2021

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‘I’m not an irresponsible girl’: Defence Minister denies defying Ramaphosa

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has issued a passionate, if not slightly strange rejection of claims made against her name this week. The Defence Minister has been accused of ‘undermining President Ramaphosa’, after she publicly stated that there was ‘no insurrection attempt to report’ in South Africa.

Defence Minister denies ‘contradicting’ Ramaphosa

On Friday night, Cyril Ramaphosa implicitly stated that a wave of looting and rioting was part of a plan to destabilise the government, before he emphatically claimed that an insurrection effort had failed. Sure enough, Mapisa-Nqakula then addressed the media over the weekend, stating that only a ‘counter-revolution’ had taken place.

In her book, that means something entirely different. But it has taken her less than 48 hours to climb down from this position, and the minister has ferociously denied ‘acting like an irresponsible young girl’ during this saga.

‘I am not an irresponsible young girl’ – Mapisa-Nqakula

Earlier this afternoon, NMN acquiesced to Ramaphosa’s way of thinking – and made sure that the press was around to capture this public retraction. She spoke, at length, about how her previous claims were actually meant to be supportive of the president, and insisted that her mistake did not mean she was ‘disloyal’ to the serving head of state:

“The President has spoken: It was an attempted insurrection, okay? I confined myself to using the term ‘counter-revolution’ earlier in the week, because any element of this may lead to insurrection. It’s about undermining the state.”

“If you create a mistake or commit a mistake, that should never ever justify for people to question your loyalty… I am being portrayed as an irresponsible young girl. I’m not. I think I’m senior enough. I am politically mature enough to appreciate that there are things you can’t play around with – one of those is this situation we are finding ourselves in.”

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula