Maimane tackles offbeat tweets

2015-05-13 15:32
Mmusi Maimane (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Mmusi Maimane (Amanda Khoza, News24)

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2015-05-11 12:09

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Johannesburg - Why did the chicken cross the road?

According to a Twitter response by newly elected DA leader Mmusi Maimane, this was "because it had freedom of movement".

While a "Twitter town hall" session with the leader on Wednesday afternoon did lead to Maimane responding to questions on several pertinent issues, including his party's stance on Black Economic Empowerment, the problems at Eskom and small business growth, he took the time to answer a few of the offbeat #AskMmusi questions.

When Outside Inner Wealth asked him why Kaizer Chiefs were so awesome,  Maimane replied: "We have reclaimed the glory".

Chiefs have recently won the Premier Soccer League title. Another soccer related question was on how to improve the performance of Bafana Bafana.

"We need to invest in sports development and better school programmes," he said.

He also responded to a question on the slow speed of his responses with an apparent jab at EFF leader Julius Malema: "I did woodwork instead of typing at high school".

Favourite soapie...

According to Malema's matric marks, he scored a "G" in woodwork.

The new opposition leader was also asked about his soapie preferences, with Gambino of Gardens saying: "Which do you prefer Generations Legacy or Classic?"

"I prefer Isidingo," Maimane responded.

A question on what he ate for lunch, had the leader saying "I'm here engaging with the South Africans I account to. I haven't had lunch".

Another food relation question was whether he preferred his coffee black or white.

"Always black coffee no sugar since September," he said.

Some, however, did ask more probing questions about his role in the party and his personal beliefs.

Sindelo Ayanda questioned Maimane over claims that he was a "puppet or token" for the DA. The DA leader replied: "'I've worked hard to get where I am. The puppet and token insults are manufactured by a very desearate [sic] ANC".

When asked by Anna-Marie de Vos about his personal opinion on homosexuality, Maimane responded: "I support the rights of gay people as espoused in the constitution."

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Another user, Ofentse,  asked if Maimane could speak Sesotho, Sepedi or Setswana.

The leader replied: "Yebo and I speak 6 other languages. What do you speak Morena?"

Earl September asked him on what position he would like to serve in Cabinet, which prompted Maimane to say: "Finance so that we can fix the economy to create more jobs as a first priority".

He responded to a question by #uMustNever on whether he would stop politics if he won the lotto, with: "I’m driven by a cause not a position or money".

He did not respond to other questions including those by Negro_Unchained ‏on "Which one is your favorite of the 3 accents that you have?", Irreverent Cadre's tongue twister question "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" or Regina Falange on: "Is a tomato a fruit or a vegatable?"

In response to a question on whether he really was the "Obama of Soweto", as put forth by CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour, he simply said "Ask @camanpour".

Here are some of his responses to the more serious questions:
- On BEE :"The DA fully supports policies of redress that create jobs for everyone [not just a connected few]."

- On garnering "white" votes: "We don't mobilise on the basis of race. Our values of Freedom, Fairness, Opportunity are central to the DA."

- On helping young business owners: "We've a plan for National Venture Capital Fund, & cutting red tape making it easier for businesses to run."

- On social grants: "I support social grants as a safety net for the poor. The hard work is to grow the economy for more jobs."

- On white separatist training camps: "I don’t support people who are driven by hatred or racism. We cannot create military camps, so I don’t support."

- On how to fix Eskom: "Allow for independent power producers so we diversify our energy supply. STOP THE EXEC BONUSES, Finish MEDUPI."

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