Minister's Interview Disrupted By Load Shedding

Social media was abuzz on Wednsday evening after the Minister of  Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu experienced load-shedding during a virtual interview with SABC journalist Vuyo Mvoko.

The minister was responding to question regarding her department's performance in the rollout of the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant during an episode of Mvoko's show on Wednesday. 

It was not long after she began with her response that the power shut off instantaneously, leaving her not only surprised but also cloaked in darkness.

We are dealing with something that we only had two weeks to implement. When President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the SRD R350, we had no system whatsoever to implement it.

“This was very different from all the grants that we deliver to our people. People had to apply online and get approved online. No one went to a SASSA office to apply for this money,” Zulu can be heard saying on the video.

“So we needed to put systems in place and make sure from May [2020] at the time this announcement was made, and the other complication was that in order to be able to pay people...”

Zulu was cut off when the power went out, but not before saying, “Oh No!”, she added before the power at her home shut down.

Although Vuyo was initially unable to immediately resume the interview, the minister rejoined the interview and addressed what had happened.

“Sorry. That was load shedding. My sincere apologies,” she said. ”Yes, we back again.” she said. Twitter users wasted no time in mocking the minister's reaction to the moment for its random nature. 


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