While South Africa and the world are battling a deadly pandemic, Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina has been engineering a pandemic of lies. This week he tweeted: “While South Africans are busy arguing why Zuma must be incarcerated, Mugg & Bean SA has announced its permanent closure in SA. When are we going to start to discuss the problems that confront our people?” The company later dismissed his fake news. Remember, Masina also confirmed the existence of the still invisible Tembisa decuplets. Someone needs to take away his tablet – the man is a fake news factory.
Talking of a make-believe world, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is another one who lives in a fake world bubble. This week, she went to Nkandla and then reported, incredibly, that she did not see anyone breaking level 4 lockdown regulations. Hundreds of people congregated there, many without masks, and she even greeted some of them – but still failed to see them? The princess has ambitions to be president of the country, yet she undermines that effort almost daily. She must know it is ordinary citizens, not those fake soldiers, who will have to vote.
You have to give it to Mzwanele Manyi – he has a good nose and timing for mass media coverage. Just before the Constitutional Court sent Zuma to prison, he announced that he would be speaking on behalf of the Jacob Zuma Foundation. And he took to it like a duck to water. But by the time Zuma was in prison on Thursday, Manyi was no longer having any of it. He issued a statement saying that “the spokesperson of the foundation will not participate in any media engagements for the best part of today. He needs time to reflect on the tragedy that has just happened.” Are you going to give up just like that?