What can only be described as a Twitter war has erupted between Herman Mashaba, the Mayor of Johannesburg and the Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom
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Minister Derek Hanekom recently took to social media platform Twitter to voice his dismay at the state of Joburg, saying that the commercial center of the country had been in a terrible state.
He had tagged the Mayor of Joburg, Herman Mashaba, and said that despite the promises made by Mashaba, the city remains in an unacceptable state.
Hanekom had gone as far as to say that the streets are filthier than during the ANC reign in the now DA led city. He said that this situation was unacceptable as this was a basic municipality function.
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The Minister of Tourism had also posted a photo of the main route from the airport into the city, saying that litter had been strewn on every corner. He condemned the situation, saying that the Democratic Alliance along with the Economic Freedom Fighters, who he dubbed as their partners, could surely do better.
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In response to the less than favorable Tweets, the Mayor had responded by saying Hanekom could do South Africa a favor and ask his wife what her role had been during her time as Chairperson of Pikitup. Mashaba went on to say that his wife's position had placed her in charge of keeping the city clean. According to the Mayor, Mrs Hanekom had been the chair of Pikitup when the ANC had been voted out of Joburg and the city had turned into a huge slum.
Hanekom did not receive any points for his criticism, with people jumping in to either come to the defense of the DA or the point out that the issue was evidently present in most ANC run cities too.
One wise person even asked Hanekom if he, as a leader, had stopped and done something about the situation he was complaining about. A valid question considering he is Minister of Tourism and should be equally concerned about the state of a tourist route.
Here is just a few of the responses to the matter:
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