Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola. Image:Twitter @RonaldLamola

‘I am Tintswalo’ – Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola

Are you Tintswalo? Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says he is where is in his career thanks to the aid of financial assistance from government.


Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola. Image:Twitter @RonaldLamola

Minister of Justice Ronald Lamola, during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate, likened himself to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s hypothetical 30-year-old Tintswalo.

During his SONA speech last week, Ramphosa celebrated the country’s 30 years of democracy and the rule of the African National Congress. In doing so used the analogy of a child born at the dawn of democracy in 1994 and benefited from all poverty alleviating policies available.

These include RDP housing, child support grants, no-fee schools, feeding schemes and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

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Lamola says, like Tintswalo, that the lives of his parents and his are worlds apart. Born to farm workers, without the financial ability to further his education, he was predestined to become a farmer as well.

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“I can stand here in this house and say with great conviction that had it not been for the ANC government’s expansion of TEFSA and my sister paying for my University registration and monthly stipend. I would not be standing in front of you as an MP.”

“An Attorney of the High Court of South Africa having appeared in the highest Court, the ICJ, on global affairs. My life was predestined as a farm worker by design by the apartheid government with no choice of my own.”