- Gwede Mantashe shared photos of his 'new friend', Gogo Thusi whom he met in Hluhluwe while celebrating the ANC's 107th anniversary
- Mantashe gushed that Gogo was born just three years after the ANC
- Social media chastised Mantashe for using the lovely woman to gain votes, while failing to deliver services to her community
Gwede Mantashe enthusiastically announced that he found a new friend in the lovely Gogo Julia Thusi, a 103-year-old woman from Hluhluwe. Mantashe remarked that Gogo Thusi still looks strong, proving the resilience and vigor of African women.
The ANC National Chairperson gushed that his new friend was born in 1915, just three years after the political party was formed in 1912. Unable to conceal the agenda behind sharing the serene gogo with social media, Mantashe added that the ANC was in the Far North region of KwaZulu-Natal to celebrate its anniversary.
In celebration of the ANC’s 107th anniversary, and in the build up to elections, the party and its leaders have been on an “intensive mobilization program” which involves meeting with communities and sharing the ANC’s manifesto, found Briefly.co.za.
While Twitter was pleased to hear about Gogo Thusi and was eager to celebrate her and her long life, social media users refused to look past Mantashe’s blatant campaigning, offended that Gogo had to be part of his attempt to win South Africa's favour.
Twitter pointed out that while the ANC has transformed into a profitable organisation whose members are (whether legally or not) worth millions of rands, Gogo's community is still lacking the basic services promised when the party rose to power two decades ago.
Questioning whether the friendship was genuine and whether Gogo felt the same way about Mantashe, Twitter rushed to share their views.
The response to Mantashe's post was not entirely cynical, however, and some users joined in to share stories of their own grandparents and elders in their community.
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