Zuma goes MOT (Missing-On-Twitter)

2011-08-04 15:01

President Jacob Zuma is missing – on Twitter.

The hashtag #findzuma trended on the microblogging site today.

Among other things, Twitter users wanted to know when the president would be responding to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on national police commissioner General Bheki Cele and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

The Presidency has still not reacted to Madonsela’s second report because it was busy “following due process”, a spokesperson said earlier this week.

On July 14, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela officially released her findings, saying Zuma should take action against Mahlangu-Nkabinde for failing to cooperate with her office during an investigation into two controversial building leases.

Cele’s failure to ensure that the correct tender procedures were followed amounted to maladministration, she added.
Amid growing frustration at the lack of a response from Zuma as well as the announcement of South Africa’s R2.5-billion loan to neighbours Swaziland, most tweets mocked the president.

Some compared his silence to the “quiet diplomacy” approach of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Here are some of the tweets:
Friday cancelled! National day to #FindZuma declared! – MvelaseP

... I #FindZuma as a bit of a scammer, why would he all of a sudden dissapear in the beginning stages of women’s month... – Keatile Modia Shole

#FindZuma is taking lessons from Mbeki how to run the country! – Hoosen Essack

WAIT, I know exactly where Zuma is! He is at the bank, drawing 2.4 billion (in R100 notes). Must be taking a while #findzuma – Robyn Clark

@mvelasep We should bait him with the offer of unlimited wives #findZuma – Jen Thorpe

We need a task force or a commission of inquiry. #WhereIsZuma #FindZuma – TO (Osiame) Molefe

#FindZuma We are waiting answers to PP – wilbek

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