- Derek Hanekom and Herman Mashaba exchanged blows on Twitter
- The tourism minister accused the mayor of neglecting his responsibility to his city
- Mashaba responded by slamming Hanekom for defending Jacob Zuma from state capture allegations
Derek Hanekom, the minister of tourism, has taken shots at Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba over the way he runs his city.
Hanekom made the comments online after Mashaba slammed Cyril Ramaphosa's move to appoint Deputy President David Mabuza to the committee overseeing the Eskom plans.
The tourism minister added that Johannesburg was a mess.
The argument between the two began after Mashaba pointed out that Jacob Zuma had previously appointed Ramaphosa to do the same job of fixing Eskom's problems back in 2014.
Hanekom responded by telling Mashaba to focus on his own problems as mayor, He bashed Mashaba's leadership, saying that the city was a "mess".
This is not the first time Hanekom has hit out at Mashaba over Johannesburg's cleanliness. He had previously published a leader where he accused Mashaba of not going enough to keep the streets clean, according to The Citizen.
Mashaba responded to Hanekom on Twitter. The mayor accused Hanekom of protecting those responsible for state capture. He added that Hanekom had played a role in "destroying our country".
This is the latest example in rising tensions between rival parties as the May 8 elections rapidly draw closer.
Last week, Parliament saw COPE's Moisua Lekota making bombshell allegations that Ramaphosa betrayed his struggle comrades.
Additionally, Julius Malema and Naledi Pandor also got into a heated exchange in the chamber.
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