Interior Minister Malusi Gigab apologized for failing to pull his pink finger on Parliament's parliamentary seat Tuesday.
In tweet, the minister said that provoking, in combination with the effort he was under, he was not an excuse to make a gesture.
He agreed with another veto who said that gesture would be introduced into a "toxic masculinity discourse".
Sorry, no doubt, for this gesture. The little trial that triggered me and the tension I had taken in the past 10 days is not an excuse for my indiscretion that is perfectly summarized in this tweet @ SpheDludla. https: //t.co/Gkko6k5fG2
– Malusi Gigab (@ mgigaba) November 7, 2018
The risky gesture was a call to the EFF MP Mbuiiseni Ndlozi proposal that ministers of the cabinet can be given mobile phones without a camera, in order to avoid their hacking.
To laugh with the EFF bench, Ndlozi said: "Dear President [Cyril Ramaphosa], you know that this phone does not have a camera.
"Maybe you want to start ordering it for members of the cabinet because it will save us a lot [from] some of their unpleasant activities.
"Can not even hack this phone. Can I add it to you to have a model that phones could be critical for honorable members of the cabinet?"
It was a reference to the self-recorded Gigabe band that broke last month. The video contains "content of sexual nature", which Gigaba claimed was released after his phone was hacked.
The Minister replied to Ndlozi by raising a pink-gesture that someone interpreted as an insult to the size of the penis.
When Ndlozi suggested that Ramaphosa get mobile phones less for members of the cabinet. pic.tvitter.com/MlkI4Kk01Ks
– Lester Kievit (@ lesterkk) November 6, 2018
Interior Minister Malusi Gigab replies to Parliament on the proposal of EFF MP Mbuiiseni Ndlozi that some ministers should have older phones that do not have cameras. He did not laugh. At all. He did a "pink finger" … # Gigaba pic.tvitter.com / UAi7bRvP6b
– Annika Larsen (@ AnnikaLarsen1) November 6, 2018
Gigabov's gesture deserved it to survive on social media.
Yes # Gigaba just pull your pink finger on Dlosa? So, a sexual video thing is a joke for him because one of the public stands as his
– Mina (@ zammbs) November 6, 2018
I am waiting for social studies by feminist academics to advance the debate about it @ mgigabagest @ MbuiiseniNdlozi it is fed in toxic hyperacusulinity discourse and jealousy in men in which the dick is bigger and as this leads to gender-based violence and femicide pic.tvitter.com / oLJKSnUjKId
– Spelele (@ SpheDludla) November 6, 2018