Sorry, Julius, but you are not my cup of tea
South Africa's most famous 'tea girl' - DA national spokesman Lindiwe Mazibuko - actually loves a cuppa.
The 31-year-old songbird- turned-politician, elected to parliament in 2009, this week treated the Sunday Times to a cup of organic green tea in her apartment in Cape Town.
This was after she had been described as a 'tea girl' during the local government elections by ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema as he backed out of a TV debate with her in Pretoria.
"She is the tea girl of the madam, and her role must remain there in the kitchen, making the tea for the madam," Malema said at the IEC's results centre.
Mazibuko prefers rooibos and green tea, but keeps some Ceylon in the cupboard for guests. She also loves coffee. "I'm pleased we don't need milk, as I'm afraid it might be off," she said, sniffing at a bottle from the fridge.
Mazibuko and Malema were born a year apart, both to parents who felt the pain of apartheid, but have little in common.
Mazibuko matriculated with an 'A' in Afrikaans at the prestigious Durban private school St Mary's Diocesan School for Girls in 1997. Malema famously struggled at school, matriculating with a 'G' for woodwork on standard grade at the age of 21.
"I am not going to apologise for my education or my accent. My parents worked really hard for me to be educated, and I'm proud to be who I am," she said.
She said she did not regard Malema as a 'serious politician' and voiced frustration at journalists 'fawning' over him.
"It was so contrived. Malema's comment was wildly sexist and racist. I mean he is a class-A misogynist, but it didn't offend me.
"Whenever Malema opens his mouth, he goes into these spontaneous fits of offence. And, strangely, the ANC doesn't repudiate him. What's also interesting to me is how the media fawn over him.
"My job is to talk to some really important people, not to play in a sandpit with Julius Malema."
Mazibuko's mother, June, a nurse at Albert Luthuli Hospital in Durban, said: "I taught my children to judge people based on their character, not the colour of their skin. I grew up in the apartheid past and I know how painful it can be to be judged based on the colour of your skin."
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