Mayor's car stolen, Twitter starts hashtag campaign to get it back

Mayor's car stolen, Twitter starts hashtag campaign to get it back

South African Twitter is quick to pick up an issue that needs to trend with sometimes hysterical results. Recently, popular Tweleb, Tumi Sole started a hashtag #HelpFindMayorCar trending with a picture of a recently hijacked mayoral car

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Social media activist Tumi Sole's verified twitter account is one which many South Africans are all too familiar with.

He, of the hashtag, #CountryDuty is known for highlighting important issues which often get picked up by a country of tweeters who love nothing more than take a funny story or interesting topic and run with it. editors noticed the trend gaining traction on Saturday morning after Sole tweeted a picture of a Mercedes along with a message that, the car had been taken asking people to contact police if they had any information.

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Solly Msimanga, Executive Mayor of Tshwane, was hijacked in Midrand during the early hours of Saturday morning. The thieves drove off with his silver Mercedes.

"I was coming out of the restaurant after dinner when two guys approached me. As I was about to get in to my car, one takes out a gun," said Msimanga who was with friends and without his bodyguards at the time.

"As I was standing there, they came pointed at me with the gun. I thought they actually wanted to take me with," said the mayor who gave up his keys rather than risk his life. "It looks like they were just targeting the car, they wanted the car and nothing else."

However, the responses were mixed with some people questioning why the car should be considered special just because it had belonged to an elected official.

Then people started posting pictures of either their own cars, or stock photos, or generally sources images of similar cars with witty retorts.

One tweep suggested it was being held for ransom.

Another tweep commented that it had to have happened where it did.

Proof that even the silliest hashtag can gain some traction and cause some giggles on what is fast known as many South African social media user's "favourite app."

Msimanga posted a facebook status update on Sunday that he had received a call that detectives with the help of his vehicle recovery service has found the car abandoned in Garankuwa.


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