Mantashe tames Twitter

FILE PICTURE: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Refilwe Modise

FILE PICTURE: ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Refilwe Modise

When asked if he would rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses, Mantashe opted to answer from the Bible.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe got more than he bargained for yesterday during an online conversation.

He was responding to questions from South African citizens on Twitter. The chat started well, with users asking him about unemployment, the ANC’s local government elections manifesto and other pertinent topics.

He was soon inundated with less than serious questions such as: “How can I get on the ANC gravy train?” and “On a more personal note … how did you make your hand disappear in that suit sleeve?”

More bizarre questions followed, including: “Who would you choose: Zuma or Guptas?”; “If the first citizen can’t uphold the constitution, how do you expect us to respect the law and rules?”; and “What is your responsibility as the secretary-general when the president abused the constitution and state funds and faces 783 corruption charges?”

One user called Mantashe a “black dumb idiot” and used the k-word. But Mantashe responded that the user needed to be taught a lesson.

According to another user: “I think I have to join ANC so I can vote you to be president of the country. You are good uncle.”

When asked if he would rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses, Mantashe said he would answer from the Bible.

“If one sheep disappears, you leave 99 and look for one, they are complete when they are 100,” Mantashe said.

Overall, he appeared to handle his Twitter engagement with the practised skill of a 20-year-old and answered the questions in a straightforward manner.

He reiterated that there were no grounds for recalling President Jacob Zuma, and reassured users that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan had not been charged.

Mantashe said the ANC, as a 104-year-old organisation, would always have its ups and downs.

These are some of Mantashe’s responses on Twitter:

 

 

 

 

 

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