Mantashe's uniform 'donation' video clip backfires
A number of ANC leaders have gathered in KwaZulu-Natal since last week to attend a number of events.
Some NEC members, including Gwede Mantashe, also paid a visit to community members to encourage them to register for voting and attend the events the party has planned throughout the week.
However Mantashe’s visit to a poverty stricken family in Nkandla was met with a lot of dismay.
In a video posted on his official Twitter account, Mantashe was seen donating two plastic bags of school uniform to a pupil who lives in a mud house, this did not sit well with a lot people.
#ANC donates School uniform to a child headed family in #Nkandla as part of the #ThumaMina programme ahead of the #ANC107 anniversary celebrations & launch of the #PeoplesManifesto to be held on Saturday, 12 January 2019, at the #MosesMabhida pic.twitter.com/U9PJG40F5D— Gwede Mantashe (@GwedeMantashe1) January 7, 2019
Some questioned why a ruling party was, in the first place, donating goods to people they should already be providing services to.
Others said they were shocked at how Mantashe was proud to visit a family living in a mud house to donate a few plastic bags.
A whole ANC donating uniform to a child headed home who lives in a shack and a mud house— Matlala a kgodumo (@kganyaganya) January 7, 2019
You even had the energy to upload that kind of embarrassing act uncle Gwede? Mxm— Khoma.com (@KhomaCom) January 7, 2019
Leadership the movement should donate to the entire school where those young ones attend 😢 clearly they are more of them in that specific school who would do with the assistance of the true movement 😢✊🏿— TaxiFrontSeater (@mtsuebeane) January 7, 2019
Is that KZN where theybr spending R20m on staties? Those mud houses?— Oiyaaaaaah! (@SebinTdr) January 7, 2019
Stop this Thuma Mina! That flaunts our poverty for meaningless gifts. How the hell is service delivery reduced to a school uniform donation? Do they even know that if they did their jobs every household would have better living conditions? Have means to live?— iSizwe-X (@iSizweX) January 7, 2019
Couldn't you dig deeper in that tender you got to supply Eskom workers with food? perhaps R200 000 to build a reasonable house for them?— Dr J Mahlangu (@maths00001) January 7, 2019
The timing of the donation also came into question.
Did you also donate school uniform in January 2017 and 2018?— Andiswa Nhlangeni (@ANhlangeni) January 8, 2019
Or you're only doing this now because the elections are near?