Did Dlamini-Zuma dismiss countrywide anti-Zuma marches as 'this rubbish'?

07 April 2017 - 20:05 By TMG Digital
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is backed for president.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is backed for president.
Image: Simphiwe Nkwali/ Sunday Times

Former African Union chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s Twitter feed raised eyebrows after a post appeared dismissing Friday’s anti-Zuma marches as “this rubbish”.

It is unclear if Dlamini-Zuma personally posted the message‚ but it was quickly deleted soon after attracting attention.

Dlamini-Zuma‚ a former minister of health‚ home affairs and foreign affairs‚ is viewed by many as a potential successor to President Jacob Zuma – to whom she was once married.

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Simon Allison‏‚ Africa Correspondent for Daily Maverick‚ captured the controversial tweet in a screen-grab on Friday afternoon.

“Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (@DlaminiZuma) just deleted a tweet in which she dismissed #AntiZumaMarches as "this rubbish‚” he tweeted.

The tweet thread can be traced back to an online discussion about how well funded Save SA – which played a key role in Friday’s protest marches around the country – was funded.

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Katlego (@TheGalWithAFro) remarked that it‚ “actually blows my mind how many resources their privilege affords them. They really struggle different.”

Posted in response to this‚ on Dlamini-Zuma’s Twitter feed‚ was: “… this is what they protecting … hence some of us not part of this rubbish … they must join us for the march …”.

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A link in the thread of that conversation has disappeared along with the tweet.

The latest tweet now available on @DlaminiZuma says: “Youth of today live in a free South Africa‚ which imposes its own challenges and responsibilities #SolomonMahlangu #SolomonMahlanguDay.”

There is no immediate indication that the account was hacked.

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