South Africans Split on Birthday Wishes for Gwede Mantashe

South Africans Split on Birthday Wishes for Gwede Mantashe

  • The African National Congress's national chairperson and Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, celebrated his birthday
  • South Africans flocked to the comment section, and some wished him a happy birthday while others were not so kind
  • Some demanded that he not return to the cabinet, and others accused him of not letting young people into the cabinet

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Tebogo Mokwena, a Briefly News current affairs journalist in Johannesburg, South Africa, has covered policy changes, the State of the Nation Address, politician-related news and elections at Daily Sun and Vutivi Business News for over seven years.

Gwede Mantashe celebrated his 69th birthday
SA discussed Gwede Mantashe's place in the cabinet on his birthday. Image: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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JOHANNESBURG – The African National Congress's national chairperson, Gwede Mantashe, celebrated his 69th birthday, and the ANC sent him well wishes. South Africans also added their own wishes, though not all were well.

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Mantashe celebrates 69th birthday

The ANC's X account @MYANC posted a birthday poster for Mantashe, the Minister of Minerals and Energy. In the past, he has come under fire for the condition of the country's state-owned entities. South Africans have blamed him for the state of Eskom, Transnet, and other SOEs.

He has also recently come under fire for bribery claims relating to him receiving security upgrades from Bosasa. Mantashe was rumoured to be on the verge of arrest, but the Investigating Directorate slammed the allegations.

View the tweet here:

Some wished him a happy birthday

Netizens were split in the middle as some wished him happy birthday.

Independent said:

"Happy birthday, tiger. We hope to see you in the new coalition cabinet. Helen Zille with sanitise and accommodate state capture ministers. ANC lives, DA leads."

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Majakathata Pheko said:

"Happy birthday, Uncle Gwede!"

Tusqo said:

"Happy birthday to you, tiger."

Others had questions for Gwede Mantashe

Mogorosi Monama asked:

"When is this one going to jail for the Bosasa corruption?"

Mokone asked:

"When are young people becoming national chairs?"

LesetjaMO said:

"Students must be fighting over who is going to give Fossil Tiger a birthday cake. Apparently, he likes small, expensive cakes."

Steven said:

"Ramaphosa must never reappoint Gwede Mantashe as a minister. Gwede is a corrupt, lazy and dirty bully."

Mantashe in hot water over Bosasa bribery claims

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that Mantashe's past has returned to haunt him as bribery allegations against him arose.

Mantashe is being questioned for the security upgrades worth R300,000, which he received at three of his houses, and SA believes this could be a conspiracy against him.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: