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Revolution talk: EFF tells Mabuza to brush up on 4IR

Deputy President David Mabuza has been told to get a better understanding of the different industrial revolutions the world has undergone and especially the fourth, which is driven by technological advances such as robotics.

FILE: Deputy President David Mabuza answers questions in Parliament. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President David Mabuza has been given some homework by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

He’s been told to get a better understanding of the different industrial revolutions the world has undergone and especially the fourth, which is driven by technological advances such as robotics.

Mabuza was answering a question about the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the National Assembly when he was challenged by the EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Ndlozi wanted Mabuza to spell out what the first, second and third industrial revolutions were, for the “purposes of clarity”.

Mabuza seemed to be unsure about which industrial revolution South Africa was currently in.

“I’m prepared if a new question is asked to explain all these industrial revolutions up to the fourth industrial revolution and I’m not very sure as a country whether we’re in the third industrial revolution or the second.”

Democratic Alliance chief whip John Steenhuisen suggested Mabuza might need to phone a friend.

Ndlozi had some advice for the deputy president.

“Please, do not come to Parliament to speak about things when you don’t understand… it’s wrong. Please, go take time to understand these revolutions because they are upon us as a country and if we are not prepared, particularly on the understanding of the leadership, then you cannot lead us.”

It wasn't long before South Africans on Twitter started adding their two cents. #DeputyPresident is now trending on the social network.

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