- Maimane was on the receiving end of online bullying after he posted a message on Twitter wishing his son well on his first day of school
- One user took particular aim at Maimane's son
- Twitter swiftly came to the DA leader's defense
Maimane received online abuse after posting a message on Twitter marking his son's first day of school.
The message wished good luck to all all children starting the school year - as well as their parents.
"My boy Daniel Kgosi Maimane starts school day. Wishing all Gr1 parents great success. Our children start a new chapter. Filled with hope for a future where dreams can be fulfilled. I want to live in an SA where children can have teachers who work hard, and equal opportunities," wrote Maimane.
Not everyone was impressed by the message, however. A number of online trolls criticized Maimane, with one user throwing insults at Maimane's son.
"With a copycat father like you he'll definitely be copying everything from other kids in class ... " wrote user G_Manchidi.
A number of users then came to the Maimanes' defense. A few of them took issue especially with a child being insulted.
"I disagree with Maimane on many issues but I think it's unfair to insult an innocent child," wrote Tumeloam01.
Another user, Bongani Malinga, fired shots at G_Manchidi: "I suspect your attack to the young one reflects your life." He then went on to thank Maimane and his son.
" Good luck to the young lad - and thanks for sharing," Malinga posted.
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