The sight of International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane fast asleep in Parliament during a noisy debate over President Jacob Zuma may have been funny, but according to a sleep expert, there was probably nothing she could do to stop it from happening.
She was so deeply asleep in her pew that not even Economic Freedom Fighters MP, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, booming that she was not paid to sleep in Parliament could rouse her from the soft nest of her pink shawl.
“I’m worried that this minister that we pay so much Minister Maite [Nkoana-Mashabane] she is sleeping in Parliament, and with that position she is going to fall… She is still sleeping,” said a bemused Ndlozi on Tuesday night.
Are you condoning people sleeping now?” he demanded when the deputy speaker, Lechesa Tsenoli, denied his point of order.
“We pay you, don’t sleep here, hey banna.”
The Minister has however come out defending her ‘sleepist tendencies’ and said she was merely praying for South Africa as a whole. ‘I was praying, do you not close your eyes before praying?’ Asked why she did not open her eyes when Ndlozi started speaking , she said, “I was still praying, he should have waited’