From Idols to Nelson Mandela Bay Metro - #AskTrollip

2015-09-22 18:32
Athol Trollip (File, Beeld)

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Twitter gets ungovernable during #AskMmusi

2015-05-13 15:02

DA leader Mmusi Maimane opened the doors to Twitter users to ask him anything for an hour. We take you though what went down.WATCH

Johannesburg - The DA's Athol Trollip faced questions on Twitter on Tuesday ranging from Idols, media personality Bonang Matheba's love life, to stopping the Port Elizabeth wind, and cleaning up the Nelson Mandela Bay metro.

These made up some of the questions for Trollip, the Nelson Mandela Bay DA mayoral candidate, during a "Twitter town hall".

As in the case of DA leader Mmusi Maimane's May question and answer session on the social networking site, Twitter users asked Trollip some offbeat questions.

When PutiTuba asked who Bonang was dating, Trollip was quick to refer the question to "#AskZuma".

In response to OdeeKepe who asked the mayoral candidate why he shaved his goatee, Trollip responded: "I needed to clean up my face like I'll clean up this city."

"Do you think Flabba's gf is gonna go to jail?," Moses Nku asked.

Trollip said yes, if she was found guilty.

He was even asked when he was going to join the Economic Freedom Fighters. His response: "Our commitment to economic freedom will create real jobs and opportunities."

The DA's Eastern Cape leader was also asked some serious questions, with some wanting to know his views on dual citizenship and his stance on social grants, which Trollip said he supported 100% as a necessary safety net.

However, he said creating jobs was the real answer.

On the ANC's Obed Bapela's comments on dual citizenship, Trollip said he did not believe there was anything wrong with having dual citizenship.

"The ANC sees ghosts, shadows and enemies everywhere. We live in a global village," he said in response to George Stuart.

Ntomboxolo Makoba asked Trollip what he would do for the neglected tourism facilities in Nelson Mandela Bay if he was mayor.

Trollip said there would be a dedicated team to identify all tourism opportunities, adding that he would focus on the beaches, the Red Location Museum, Bayworld and neglected cultural tourism products.

Trollip also spoke about building houses with toilets, improving public transport, creating jobs, improving townships so they became suburbs, and supporting entrepreneurs.

Another Twitter user Robert Kowalenko said the biggest obstacle for the DA was trust.

"How can [the] DA persuade black voters that it is not racist and defends white interests," he asked.

In response Trollip said: "We are a party for all South Africans, we eschew racists and racism, we are a rainbow party."

Trollip was also asked what his job was during apartheid. He responded by saying he was self-employed and "stood in opposition to apartheid, my record in this regard is public knowledge".

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