- Masechaba Ndlovu has been slammed for misleading South Africans about the coronavirus "death toll"
- The newly-appointed spokesperson for Sports, Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa tweeted that 116 people have died from the coronavirus
- She has since tweeted a "clarification" and apology for her "death toll" tweet
Masechaba Ndlovu - newly appointed spokesperson for Sports, Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa - has received a backlash for misinforming South Africans about the country's coronavirus "death toll".
Masechaba tweeted that that the country's coronavirus "death toll" now stood at 116, whereas only the number of infected people stood at 116.
In the tweet that she has since deleted, Masechaba said: "There is no 'if' or 'maybe', people are dying. The death toll was at 64 yesterday. We now stand at 116."
Masechaba was quick to "clarify" her earlier tweet when she realised that she had made her first public mistake as a government spin doctor.
However, most people were not impressed with the outspoken former radio personality's apology for giving them "a fright".
Sabelwesihle Ndlovu tweeted: "I'm afraid she still needs to do another 'do good' in correcting the correction. You don't 'rectify' a lie, you 'correct' it."
Akanyang Monaisa wrote: "She's part of the department now, that's part of her brand and she must work tirelessly to ensure that what she shares is 100% accurate."
Lesedi Ledwaba said: "We weren't frightened, we were disappointed that an entire spokesperson was quick to jump the gun at people who 'don't listen' to 'unambiguous messages' was the one who was actually missing the whole point."
Tumi Buys tweeted: "Unforgivable my dear!!! There is no room for such errors, especially considering the status quo . I suggest you consult your team before tweeting or just watch the news like all of us!"
Some unimpressed tweeps even went as far as questioning the recruitment process that was used by the department when it hired her.
Mamadima asked: "Did you fill Z83 form?"
Lindo replied to Masechaba's tweet: "I wonder how you got this job, you don't deserve it, but then again connection in this country is more important."
Minister Nathi Mthethwa recently shared the news that Masechaba had been appointed as his spokesperson.
Briefly.co.za has reported that president Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed an increase in coronavirus cases from 116 on Wednesday to 150 on Thursday.
Ramaphosa confirmed the 34-case increase when he met with faith-based leaders in a bid to garner support in the fight against the outbreak.
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