- Fikile Mbalula recently found himself deleting a tweet about the popular song and dance John Vuli Gate challenge
- The Transport Minister took to his Twitter app to tweet lyrics of the viral South African song, John Vuli Gate
- Before long South Africans were dragging the minister, asking him to focus on more important things, prompting him to swiftly delete the tweet
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South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula recently received backlash for a tweet. This Friday morning Mbalula took to the microblogging app, Twitter, to tweet the lyrics to the song made viral by the #JohnVuliGate challenge.
"Eh, John Vuli Gate," wrote the minister in the rather festive Friday morning tweet.
The tweet however was not well received by locals who called on the minister to stop focusing on the unnecessary and instead shift his much-needed attention to the plethora of problems South Africa is currently faced with.
"You are busy tweeting nonsense, we need trains, not stupid tweets..."
"Said it long time ago, one of useless minister's no portfolio, he's been appointed in has ever worked."
"Le politician is more f*d up than any ten things I've seen in my life."
"You have enough on your plate. FOCUS!"
"John Vuli Gate, the corrupt leaders are here."
Mbalula, who obviously couldn't take the heat he was getting from locals, quickly hit the delete button. Unfortunately for him, evidence was already gathered in the form of a screenshot.
In other Briefly.co.za political news, President Cyril Ramaphosa officially passed the Civil Union Amendment Bill into law on Thursday. This new legislation prevents marriage officers from refusing to conduct same-sex marriages and prompts Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi to ensure every office has a marriage officer available to solemnise a civil union.
The Centre for Human Rights has applauded the passing of the bill by the National Council of Provinces. Spokesperson Thiruna Naidoo noted that the new bill overrides an old law that allowed marriage officers to inform the Home Affairs Minister that they object to solemnising a civil union of this nature on the ground of conscience, religion and belief.
Naidoo said that this provision had long served as a challenge to the legal recognition of same-sex couples, reports News24. Naidoo further explained that the new bill has provided for a period of 24 months to train Department of Home Affairs officials and to ensure that same-sex couples are no longer turned away.
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