Twitter storm after Mmusi Maimane's slams Ramaphosa's 'Mabena strategy'
Cape Town - Twitter was ablaze after former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said president Cyril Ramaphosa's parliamentary benches chose a "Mabena strategy".
Maimane's tweet was part of a series of tweets in response to the first session of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) debate in National Assembly on Tuesday. The SONA debate is set to resume on Wednesday afternoon.
Parliament descended into chaos on Tuesday as insults flew across the benches of the Chamber.
ANC MP Boy Mamabolo sparked the drama by demanding answers from EFF leader Julius Malema over claims he was abusing his wife.
Malema then asked President Cyril Ramaphosa if he had abused his late wife, Nomazizi Mtshotshisa.
In a tweet, Malema accused ANC Chief Whip Pemmy Majodina and her deputy Doris Dlakude of mobilising their members to use gender-based violence (GBV) to attack him.
Eita @CyrilRamaphosa your parliamentary benches chose a Mabena strategy izolo.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) February 19, 2020
You need to put Boy Mamabolo on the bench. He is costing you and taking attention away from the substantive issues.
Gutter politics is not your brand. #SONADEBATE2020
Dumelang bagaetsho.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) February 19, 2020
The darkest hour comes before dawn. I have not lost hope in this amazing country. The best nation in Africa. The best democracy in Africa. Our success story is not over. We just have to do things differently. We need to disrupt the political order of the day.
I am disappointed with what I am seeing today in parliament.— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) February 18, 2020
This is not what the nation expects from its leaders.
The behavior today was totally unacceptable. Instead of debate we are witnessing childish behavior, insults and profanity. pic.twitter.com/BLcqnfKsHd
The 'Mabena' moniker started last year to refer to someone who tends to be a disappointment.
Twitter users appreciated Maimane's "fire clapbacks" and agreed that they "love this Mmusi Maimane".
I love savage Mmusi 😂😂😂— Mka Majwarhandile West 🇿🇦 🇮🇹 🇬🇧 (@The_Stah) February 19, 2020
Finish him Mmusi😂😂😂— Vince On Visuals💭🇿🇦 (@Vince_Manganyi) February 19, 2020
😂😂😂 Hello sir, who are you and what have you done with Mmusi?— Mfundo Mabalane (@Mfundo_Mabalane) February 19, 2020
#SONADEBATE2020— the_answer (@system_jolt) February 19, 2020
twitter has changed mmusi maimane?
what has black twitter done to mmusi maimane? used a washcloth on him? lol?
mmusi maimane didn't even follow helen zille's new twitter account?
front doors for mmusi? not private back doors?
I like this Mmusi better than the other one who was a leader of the DA https://t.co/SDSar28V8B— Nathi (@sangweniII) February 19, 2020