WATCH: BBC journalist GRILLS Fikile Mbalula on ‘insurrection’ claims

The awkward interview with Fikile Mbalula has gone viral with some praising the journalist for asking the “hard-hitting questions”

WATCH: BBC journalist GRILLS Fikile Mbalula on ‘insurrection’ claims

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula might be feeling a bit regretful after he conducted a television interview with the BBC just recently. Mbalula was a guest on the news channel’s current affairs programme HARDTalk and the results are… let’s just say cringe worthy.

The interview focused on the latest developments in the country, including the aftermath of the recent riots, the Phoenix deaths and Cape Town taxi violence. The host of the programme, Stephen Sackur did not hold back and grilled the minister – particularly on the contradictory messages coming from government. TheSouthAfrican was in consultation with the BBC ahead of this interview, providing context about the situation to the UK-based broadcaster.

WATCH: Fikile Mbalula sticks to his guns

Here’s how we got here: It all started when Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told Parliament that she did not think the recent riots (which rocked parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal) were a result of an attempted coup or insurrection – contradicting President Cyril Ramaphosa’s assertion.

“We heard people making reference to the insurrection or coup. If it is an insurrection or coup, it must have a face. Our view is that we are seeing signs of counter-revolution, which is creeping up in the form of hooliganism and thuggery,” Mapisa-Nqakula said at the time.

Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni then hit back at her defence counterpart’s statement, claiming they were not backed by facts.

“We want to clarify that the position of the government is that as articulated by the president, of an attempt at an insurrection in the country. That perspective is informed by discussions at the National Security Council, which is chaired by the president and receives briefings from the military commanders and other law-enforcement officials,” Ntshavheni said.

Twitter has been awash with reactions to the awkward BBC interview, with some even praising Sackur for asking the “hard-hitting questions” – here’s what some South Africans have had to say.

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Chippa United have parted ways with club captain Isaac Nhlapo after both parties reached a mutual agreement.

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Nhlapo, 30, joins Oupa Manyisa, Thokozani Sekotlong and Anthony Laffor in leaving the Gqeberha-based side after helping the club survive relegation last season.

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Nhlapo made 23 DStv Premiership appearances for Chippa United last season as the club struggled to 15th place in the final standings.

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Nhlapo’s manager Mandla Mthembu has confirmed his client’s departure.

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“It’s a question of the technical team feeling that he does not feature in the direction that the club is taking. We engaged with the club chairman and came to a decision to mutually terminate,” Mthembu told the Kickoff website.

“This is in the interest of both parties because we cannot have a captain sitting on the bench and being frustrated, there is nothing untoward. Nhlapho enjoyed his time with the club and was well looked after.”

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Mthembu could not reveal Nhlapo’s next destination.

“We are already looking for options towards the next chapter for Nhlapho.”

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