Mbalula, Malema respond to Zindzi Mandela’s #OurLand tweets

By Chanice Jennike - 16 June 2019Views : 952

It seems the minister has asked Zindzi to show more restraint, which prompted a response by the EFF leader, questioning the minister.

Zindzi Mandela, who is South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, #OurLand tweets have continued to divide Twitter into those outraged by them and some in support of them. Whilst AfriForum calls for Mandela to be fired.

Mbalula responded to Zindzi’s tweet by saying: ” Whilst I wine and dine here … wondering how the world of shivering land thieves is doing #OurLand” with “Ambassador hibambe qabane” along with the emoji of two hands placed together, meaning please or thank you (in this case it most likely means please).

The EFF leader Julius Malema also retweeted the ” shivering land thieves” tweet and asked Mbalula what he meant. In response to Malema, Twitter users weighed in with their interpretation of the transport ministers tweet.

Users on Twitter see to view the tweet as meaning that Mbalula was asking Zindzi, to show more restrain in her tweets, as “hibambe” means “hold on”.

Opening up a debate over whether Mbalula was right or wrong to call for this if indeed this was his intended meaning. Those who disagreed with the minister, referring to him as a “sellout”, “someone who will never take a position”.

However, others supported the idea that Zindzi should consider her tweets more carefully. As she had received a backlash but also support for a series of tweets with the hashtag #OurLand.

These included a tweet about “trembling white cowards” who are the “thieving rapist descendants of Van Riebeck [sic]” and one saying that she was “wondering how the world of shivering land thieves is doing” while out “wining and dining” at a restaurant.