- Mmusi Maimane interacted with Grade 1 learners in the East Rand yesterday
- He shared a photo of himself with one of them on Twitter
- While he wished the little girl all the best, Twitter users criticised him for allegedly using the pic to score political points
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane came under fire on social media yesterday for sharing a photo of himself and a grade 1 learner.
Maimane posted the snap on Twitter along with the caption:
My greatest privilege engaging residents in the East Rand, Daveyton. This girl started Grade 1 today. May she finish school, prepared for the future, live in a country that is safe, be able to find work in our nation. We are building One South Africa for all.
If the DA leader was hoping for plaudits from his followers, he was disappointed.
For a start, some asked why he freely showed the little girl's face while he hid his own son's face in another picture he posted earlier.
They questioned whether he had obtained permission from the girl's parents to post the picture on social media, Briefly.co.za learned.
Others felt that Maimane was using the photo to score political points.
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