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Our country is excellent hands…KZN minister calls for investigation to determine cause of lightning [fail]
Posted by on Apr 24th, 2012

Lot’s of fail coming in recently and this one all the way from Australians who are marvelling at the intelligence of South African government officials after they heard about a KZN minister who called on the department of science and technology to determine the cause of lightning that killed several people.

The story is from January, but i can’t believe i missed it.

Minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs in KwaZulu Natal apparently made the following comment after seven people died in lightning strikes.

“We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning,” “The department has dealt with floods and fires, but lightning was new to us,”

Uhhhhhhh. sorry what was that?

I stand under correction, but the email i recieved also included  her saying that the investigation was also to determine if lightning “only happened to the previously disadvantaged as I have never seen any white people being struck by lightning”.

Couldn’t find a news source with that last quote and i’m guessing its an addition made by grumpy SA folks eager to spice up the story and it has found it’s way to expats in Australia and circulating via email.

The original story from Times Live is as follows.

“KwaZulu-Natal MEC for co-operative governance and traditional affairs Nomsa Dube called on the national department of science and technology to investigate the causes of lightning after seven people died in lightning strikes.

“We will do an investigation and talk to the department of science and technology on what is the cause of the lightning,” said Dube.” [TimesLIVE]

Good to know the minister is on top of things.

[thanks Mike]

Gareth says:
April 04, 2012 at 12:31 pm

If this is real…then…I don’t know. Just in shock.

Savage says:
April 04, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Definetly real. Only part im skeptical about is the part about disadvantaged folks. But the rest is taken straight from reputable news sources

Jagter says:
April 04, 2012 at 12:31 pm

This is real, even the previously disadvantaged bit, but it’s a lot older than January. It’s at least a year old.

I for one am willing to accept the assignment. For a small fee of around R80mil I’ll tell her what causes lighting. The money will be needed for paying my research team (google) and of course that old government tender tradition: kickbacks.

Savage says:
April 04, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Haha! Can i be part of your research team?!

Hein says:
April 04, 2012 at 12:31 pm

That’s why I left SA! What if lightning starts striking the currently disadvantaged? There won’t even be a “kommissie van ondersoek”.
Happy in Phuket!

RUAN says:
April 04, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hahaha this is ridiculous, i think everyone knows – it is started between clouds.

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