- Fikile Mbalula was left defending the ANC after citizens criticised the ruling party
- Some felt that the recent festivities were misplaced, claiming that the political party had nothing to celebrate
- Mbalula's retort ended up putting him directly in the line of fire instead of doing anything to garner support
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula attempted to fend off claims that the ANC had nothing to celebrate in reaction to the party's birthday festivities.
Some citizens felt that the ANC had not liberated 'its people' in response to its 108th birthday celebrations last week.
Taking to social media, Mbalula credited the ANC for citizens being able to post on Twitter at all. If this never happened, explained the minister, Mzansi wouldn't have access to social media.
Mbalulua's comments earned him a fair bit of backlash, despite his request for citizens to relax and enjoy the party.
But for some attendants, the ANC's event had proved more gruelling than celebratory. Briefly.co.za reported that a video had gone viral of the supporters voicing their anger.
Encouraged to join the celebrations by canvassing officials, busses full of citizens from mostly rural communities made their way to Kimberly where the event would take place.
Spending hours on the road without being provided with the promised food and accommodation, bus-loads of angered South Africans took to the street to expose the poor treatment.
One man in the clip had blasted the fact that officials, like Mbalula, drove fancy cars and wore luxury brands but thought nothing of treating their own supporters with such disrespect.
With the ruling party already losing substantial voters during the last elections, the entire ordeal seems to have cost the ANC more face than it saved them.
Take a look at just a few of the top responses to Mbalula's questionable comment on South Africa's 'liberation':
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