Gauteng Premier David Makhura was a guest on Eusebius McKaiser’s show on talk radio 702 on Monday morning, and the Twittersphere did not seem impressed with how he came across.
He was accused by many on the platform of various forms of obfuscation: being evasive, refusing to directly answer questions, “blaming others” instead of taking responsibility, and “filling time with padding words and phrases”.
His interviewer, meanwhile, did not give Makhura an easy time, according to the platform, with various users giving examples of McKaiser not “allowing him to breathe”, giving him the “grilling of his life”, and “going straight for the jugular” with a question on the Life Esidimeni tragedy.
Life Esidimeni, Makhura’s reaction to the recent shutdown of Alexandra township amid service delivery protests, and his claims regarding the unpopular e-toll system appear to be the three biggest issues social media users felt the premier had not responded to with coherent answers.
— Lakshit Patel (@LakshitPatel6) April 29, 2019
@Eusebius I listen to @David_Makhura with an open mind, but I feel he didn't answer any question. We asked him to state an answer then he explain the answer..
Answering a question shouldn't be such a problem I couldn't make an sense of his interview @Radio702#MakhuraWithEusebius pic.twitter.com/qZQWq7Zl7D
— Malume Sbongiseni. (@Sbongiseni_M) April 29, 2019
Makhura always knows some questions will arise about some booboo the ANC made. Just answer the damn question dude. #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Narcan Armystorm® (@KamoAlive) April 29, 2019
Makhura lived in Alex but has not even once thought about coming clean and transform Alex. Promises will never be actions. Action speaks loder than words. Act and account to your failures instead of blaming others. #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Jikokwa Anathi (@jikokwa) April 29, 2019
— SavannaMami???? (@DominicDeSavio) April 29, 2019
How palpable was the tension when @Eusebius went straight for the jugular with that opening question on #LifeEsidimeni. I could hear the Premier swallow his discomfort and unease with the question. #MakhurawithEusebius
— SIR_tweet_aloty (@Tweetalogyy) April 29, 2019
Makhura is getting the grilling of his life! Listen to the obfuscation! #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Narcan Armystorm® (@KamoAlive) April 29, 2019
#MakhuraWithEusebius Makhura, please stop filling time with padding words and phrases
— Jakes (@Jakes63039276) April 29, 2019
— Afro-Melanin (@SueFay1) April 29, 2019
Premier Makhura doesn't want to answer the @Eusebius question on whether or not he would stay in Alex. He thinks he is better than the people of Alexandra! There we have it. Don't vote for someone who thinks he is better than the us #MakhuraWithEusebius @SollyMsimanga @DA_GPL
— Bandile Nkosi (@BandileNkosi14) April 29, 2019
Shwem. @David_Makhura please answer the questions
— recallza (@recallza1) April 29, 2019
The Premier is being evasive #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Mmina Tau (@Reu_100) April 29, 2019
— Rico Schacherl (@ricoschacherl) April 29, 2019
— Qaqamba (@Qaks_September) April 29, 2019
— Thabang (@ThabzaT19) April 29, 2019
#MakhuraWithEusebius @Eusebius The same way @David_Makhura is evading your questions about Alex is the same way we will evade voting for @MyANC like we rejected them in 2016 here in Gauteng He knows they are responsible for the Alex mess and #LifeEsidimeni
— Charlene McCord (@CharleneMccord1) April 29, 2019
To be honest the most problematic thing about Makhura is his inability to act when things go wrong. From Esidimeni to Etolls – he speaks as if he is not the premier and does not have the power to change things. He is basically always "shocked" #MakhuraWithEusebius pic.twitter.com/U48K8GXkSS
— Bokang (@TheeBokang_M) April 29, 2019
— MyNameIs (@KleinhansMk) April 29, 2019
David Makhura is one of the worst public "servants" in history of democratic South Africa, @Eusebius. What an incompetent man! Innocent and vulnerable life esidimeni patients died on his watch. ANC should lose gauteng because of that. #MakhuraWithEusebius #SAElections2019
— ???? / Wenger Mindset (@LethaboCM) April 29, 2019
If the people of Gauteng knows what they will do they will vote out this weak man with no answers just excuses and replace him with a fluent capable responsive premier like Solly Msimanga. #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Hlomhla the Handy Homo (@HlomhlatheHH) April 29, 2019
— L'duga ???????? (@Lduga2) April 29, 2019
The ANC takes no responsibility for anything they dont fix anything they break, they leave a path of destruction everywhere. #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Emily Moeketsi (@beautydoct) April 29, 2019
Does Makhura understand what service delivery is? What is a plan without execution. You are busy with plans but you do nothing. #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Siphiwe Dlamini (@Siphiwe82920932) April 29, 2019
That is one thing about ANC officials here is a good example David Makhura was asked to go and sleep in Alex but he doesn't want to. He is scared, corrupted and thinks he is better than his own people! #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Bongani Gumede (@BonganiG12) April 29, 2019
— Mapule A Firelady. (@Mofokeng_MapA) April 29, 2019
The Gauteng premier was not without support, although those in his corner appeared to be in the minority on Twitter, and a lot of this support came from users who appeared to be actively campaigning for the ANC.
A group of users tweeted claims made by Makhura regarding the progress he believed his ANC-led Gauteng government – which was replaced by a DA-led coalition with executive mayor Herman Mashaba at its helm – had made in the province.
These included the claim that employment in Gauteng increased from 2.6 million in 1996 to over five million in 2018, that the ANC-led government added R41 billion to the province’s economy, and that the number of clean audits in the province increased from 56% in 2014 to 65% in 2018.
— Lesego (@Les_Mokwena) April 29, 2019
— Floyd (@AmuFloyd) April 29, 2019
Makhura knows his story. I know he likes to get his hands dirty at work as well. Great future leader #MakhuraWithEusebius
— Kwena (@CKkwena_2010) April 29, 2019
#MakhuraWithEusebius One of the things I like about the ANC is that it acknowledges it's imperfections and we just have to understand that change is a continuous process.
— Mzekeleni Somtshinela. (@DyaniYoMxhosa) April 29, 2019
— Alu Chokoe (@AluChokoe) April 29, 2019
#MakhuraWithEusebius The number of employment in the Gauteng Economy has increased from 2.6 million in 1996 to 5.163 million in 2018. Progress is always certain with the ANC.
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— Tshepo_MchanaPantsula (@MchanaTshepo) April 29, 2019
#MakhuraWithEusebius#GrowSouthAfrica #VoteANC ♠????????
The ANC led government investment infrastructure is estimated to have added R41 billion to the provincial economy of Gauteng creating 265 000 jobs & created 499 000 public works opportunities.
— Manzini_site (@ManziniSite) April 29, 2019
— Tekongoveni (@tekongoveni) April 29, 2019