Manguang results sets Twitter abuzz

2012-12-18 16:02

Johannesburg - From the triumphant to the tongue-in-cheek to angry tirades, Twitter was abuzz with reactions to Zuma and his allies' appointments to the ANC's top six on Tuesday.

"Congratulations to all the newly elected office bearers of the ANC! Cosatu commits to work with them to drive change," Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted.

Civil society activist Zackie Achmat appeared dismayed, writing: "Zuma re-election at Mangaung represents the victory of the corrupt business and public service faction with their tribalist counter-parts."

Andrew Feinstein, a former ANC MP and author of a book critical of the party's involvement in the arms deal, seemed to feel the same.

"Zuma consolidates power w-in ANC. Victory 4 cont. of patronage, corruption & sub-standard gov. Sad. Up 2 all 2 demand honest accountable gov, (sic)," he tweeted.

Former ANC youth league spokesman Floyd Shivambu, who along with ousted leader Julius Malema had asked the conference to reinstate them into their positions, tweeted his determination not to rest in "the war for economic freedom in our lifetime".

"We lost the battle, but the war is on until total victory," he tweeted.

Others appeared to take a more laid-back approach. Veteran journalist Max du Preez told his followers: "As Zuma win was announced, I thought: Shaik, Gupta, phone tap tapes, Nkandla... & then I decided, what the hell, time for a dop".

Political analyst Eusebius McKaiser took a light-hearted dig at newly-elected deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's position as head of fast food restaurant McDonald's in South Africa, posting: "I doubt the losers will have McDonalds for lunch."

Popular culture icon Evita Bezuidenhout expressed her delight.

"I'm glad Jacob Zuma has got his second term. He did nothing in his first term except get married, get married, get married..."

Zuma has been married six times and currently has four wives.

Along with Zuma and Ramaphosa, Gwede Mantashe was voted in as secretary-general, Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general, Baleka Mbete as national chairperson, and Zweli Mkhize as treasurer-general.

  • junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-12-18 16:14

    Evita, he's getting married next year, trying to catch Mswati on our expense.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-12-18 16:20

    Corruption can continue..

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-18 16:21

    At least the ANC's corruption, crime and idiocy traditions will be in safe hands. VIVA!!!

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-18 16:38

    Congrats Presidente Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma ...There as never any doubt.

  • michelle.marshall.3158652 - 2012-12-18 16:41

    wonder what the project will be to fund his house improvements ? hes done everything else - maybe tolling the air now lol

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-18 16:52

      New Zealand has a fart tax.............Google it

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-12-18 16:46

    Surely the world is laughing @ us !

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-18 16:53


      thami.mhlongo2 - 2012-12-19 07:11

      No the world is laughing @you Shireen, just sit back and watch our comrades taking this country to greater heights. Just roll up your sleeves and start contributing meaningful solutions to the problems of this country.

  • sam.frank.9655 - 2012-12-18 16:49

    Pity this article doesn't mention Lindiwe Mazibuko's Twitter feed - scores of people want to know where they can find DA membership forms.

      isabellameyer - 2012-12-18 18:08

      @kleurlingmanbushy - Madiba fought very hard against racism. Your comment decries everything he stood for.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-12-18 16:55

    I hoped Gwede Mantashe would be replaced because I can not make out what he says!

  • hasani.malungana - 2012-12-18 17:05

    I gues leaders like ZUMA who have so much to loose work very hard to retain political power. If you cant beat them join them. We are all in thios world to survive, so let him survive by every means necessary. He won, and the winner must be congrutulated.

  • blessednm - 2012-12-18 17:24

    UMsholozi - hoping for gr8 thngz this tym arnd n stop bng subjct to controvesy. In u we trust

  • peter.sabatha - 2012-12-18 18:20

    zackie Achmat u can leave know.hurry up my men

  • Kleurling Man Bushy - 2012-12-18 19:04

    isabelle you can say what you like,the blacks in the DA top 5 are used as window dressers!Helen will never run this country and we will not allow whites to govern again we had hell when they governed!

      marga.smit - 2012-12-20 16:37

      not true!! we are all having hell NOW!!

  • peter.sabatha - 2012-12-18 19:06

    labour broker won't end.VAVI Where are u now.wake up

  • craftrex - 2012-12-18 23:52

    Another Zimbabwe unfolding.

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