Media personality turned spokesperson to minister Nathi Mthethwa, Masechaba Ndlovu has had to issue an apology after mistakenly tweeting that South African people are dying from coronavirus.
“The message is unambiguous. People must listen to what the president has said. There is no ‘if’ or ‘maybe,’ people are dying. The death toll was at 64 yesterday, we now stand at 116. – Minister @NathiMthethwaSA #OneMessageManyVoices” tweeted Ndlovu.
Twitter users wasted no time making fun of her.
— ActorVist (@mashoodoZ) March 18, 2020
Not even 2 weeks in the Job Masechaba is already sending condolences pic.twitter.com/Of4XmwFUb3
— K U L A N I (@kulanicool) March 18, 2020
Honestly, these are grounds for immediate suspension. There is absolutely no reason for you to be tweeting so recklessly when people are already scared.
Who sent you? Aren’t you spokesperson for arts and culture? Who, at DOH, sent you Masechaba? https://t.co/uVShdq7WxL
— ❤ (@M_sankie) March 18, 2020
Masechaba counting the death toll… pic.twitter.com/lM5E3VyZ7o
— Sithethelele (@Sithethelele_4) March 18, 2020
Let's not forget that Masechaba Ndlovu is working with minister of condolences Nathi Mthethwa. So Masechaba probably just wanted to send condolences as well ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? pic.twitter.com/iEbmsG4eJJ
— Hayi suxoka???? (@aphelelejody) March 18, 2020
A few people came to her defence.
You guys make mistakes at work too especially at your new jobs….Masechaba made a mistake too, she's human. We move.
— T (@Themb1) March 18, 2020
Give Masechaba Ndlovu a chance ,we all make mistakes.
— Patrick Sindane (@sindane3) March 18, 2020
Masechaba made a mistake, like we all do. She recognized that and apologized. Move on.
— Zizi (@Bathandwa95) March 18, 2020
Following the furore, Ndlovu issued an apology for giving everyone a fright.
To clarify, "the number of people infected with #CoronaVirusSA now stands at 116". Thank you Twitter family. Let's continue to take the necessary measures to curb the spread of this Virus. My apologies for giving you a fright.
— Masechaba Ndlovu (@MasechabaNdlovu) March 18, 2020
Ndlovu made the mistake while live-tweeting through a radio interview the minister had on SAFM with Sakina Kamwendo to clarify how the gathering restrictions of 100 people per event would be enforced, especially for upcoming funerals and weddings from this weekend onwards.