- 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 corruption in the ANC
Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, and Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, have once again taken to social media to throw shade at each other’s political parties and governance.
Last month, Hannekom tweeted that Mashaba should focus more on his responsibilities as the mayor of Johannesburg, claiming that the city is a mess under Mashaba’s leadership.
Yesterday, Mashaba sarcastically retorted that Hannekom should focus on his own party, the African National Congress, and tackle the issue of corruption breeding within the party and stop defending the wrong-doings of his comrades.
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Mashaba added that South Africa is in trouble because of the ANC’s looting and blames the party for making the country a “laughing stock in the eyes of the world", Briefly.co.za discovered.
Democratic Alliance (DA) supporters on social media were quick to agree with Mashaba and said that he should not be distracted by his opposition because he is doing something right.
Other users pointed out that the DA has only had control of the metro for three years and blamed the ANC for putting the metro in the position that it is in.
In contrast, a Twitter user, Mbulelo Khosa, pointed out that Hannekom had a valid point about the state of Johannesburg, and said that Mashaba must not deny that there are issues in the metro that need to be addressed.
Keith Peacock pointed out that Mashaba’s tweet was unfounded as Hannekom has a legacy of fighting corruption in his party.
Another user, Godfrey Khoele, remarked that the persisting cat-fighting between government officials was childish, particularly because the country is facing so many challenges that need to be overcome.
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