White man thinks Mmusi Maimane’s mum’s name is ‘Dumelang’

Mmusi Maimane with his mother, Ethel. Picture: Twitter/@MmusiMaimane

A well-meaning Twitter user perhaps needs to go for a Setswana lesson or two.

A Twitter user became briefly famous on “Black Twitter” on Monday for a well-meant post that came out all wrong.

He’s since deleted it, though it would have been a lot more fun if he hadn’t.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane took to Twitter on Monday to upload a picture of himself with him mum, and captioned it: “Dumelang Bagaetsho [Greetings brethren]. Today ke birthday ya ma OuLady [It’s my Old Lady’s birthday today]. She is an incredible person from whom I draw inspiration and courage. Happy Birthday Mama. Ka lerato [With love].”

A user called “Vaughan” then tweeted his birthday wishes to “Dumelang”, clearly not knowing that this is just a Setswana greeting. He wished her an awesome day.

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For the record, Maimane’s mother’s name is Ethel Maimane.

Some on Twitter weren’t happy that Vaughan had spoiled the fun by deleting his tweet.

A perusal of Vaughan’s timeline suggests he is a big DA fan, retweeting positive stories about the party, along with other political articles. The EFF and ANC content he retweets, though, is somewhat less flattering to those organisations.

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