ANC presidential hopeful and Minister of Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu denies she is a “spoilt brat” and exile surname-carrying princess with a sense of entitlement to the top ANC leadership post.
Those were the salvos Julius Malema threw at the former minister of defence in the wake of President Jacob Zuma’s latest Cabinet reshuffle. And she saw it fit to take to Twitter to clarify that she had actually earned her stripes.
She swiftly corrected herself, and stated in fact she joined the struggle when she was 16 years old.
My apologies for the typing error. I did indeed join the struggle at 16 years old not 6. #Sisulu17
— Lindiwe Sisulu (@LindiweSisuluSA) November 9, 2017
This retraction prompted one user to promptly remind Sisulu there is a basic arithmetic problem within the ruling party.
Anc leaders and numbers ngamanzi ne oil pic.twitter.com/9OUvbpI6IU
— MamXesibe❤️❤️❤️❤️ (@IAmAnAutistic) November 9, 2017
The memes began in earnest.
— Thabani Mbatha (@yorokobumbatha) November 9, 2017
Some could not care less whether Sisulu threw crayons at the apartheid regime or that she carried an AK-47. She was told there was a pertinent question she needed to address on the spot.
This one is not important to our nation. When are u going to apologise for protecting JZ whn u knw very well that he is corrupt?
— Thabza Nkholise (@Thabza_Nkholise) November 9, 2017
Her nephew, media personality and entrepreneur, Shaka Sisulu, was brought into the equation.
Who tweets for you, Shakaristo, Mshakazana, Mshakashaka, Sharks, Shashsssssh, Shakarimz ????????????
— Comrade Nkomo (@Mzidlanga) November 9, 2017
President Jacob Zuma’s recent parliamentary response to DA leader Mmusi Maimane that “if you come with muendos [innuendo]” was invoked.
Her typo was explained as the reason why she never ascended to the deputy president position.
Now you see why you was never Ready for Deputy President Position Not Personal wena MaLindy ???????????? pic.twitter.com/AVc0BbNYp1
— JeqeKaShaka (@JeqeKashaka) November 9, 2017
Others claimed to not be interested if she sang anti-apartheid nursery rhymes or joined the struggle by going underground.
Not interested… pic.twitter.com/s8zZaIF1sP
— Ace♠️ (@Vha_Thi) November 9, 2017
In her defence, a user did remind the venomous lot that in the ANC Youth League, age was beyond just a number, and was terribly fluid.
Oksalayo I was 7 when I went to my first ANCYL BGM and 11 when I became deputy secretary of the ANCYL here at home
— … (@BlvckAsh_) November 9, 2017
And, they were told to behave with decorum and focus on the matter at hand!
That tweet was magic!! Who would've imagined that such a vapid reference & innocuous typing error would solicit such deep political analysis. Disappointed at the level of venom though, but it shows what a difference No.1 makes in the lives of our people 😉
— MR SSL (@Mr_Sisulu) November 9, 2017