Gwede Mantashe may have thought he was doing a good deed by donating school uniform to a child-headed home living in a shack, recording the act and posting it on social media.
However, the ANC national chair and mineral resources minister would have not foreseen the backlash that would follow from those who criticised him. Many questioned how he could give the children uniform when it was quite clear that it was not their immediate need, rather a house was.
#ANC donates School uniform to a child headed family in #Nkandla as part of the #ThumaMina programme ahead of the #ANC107 anniversary celebrations & launch of the #PeoplesManifesto to be held on Saturday, 12 January 2019, at the #MosesMabhida pic.twitter.com/U9PJG40F5D— Gwede Mantashe (@GwedeMantashe1) January 7, 2019
People on social media said Mantashe had no shame and was also out of touch with reality:
The Chairman of the ruling party sees it fit that a child headed family should be enough with ONLY school uniform. To him this is all what is needed for a child to go to school. Talk about being in touch with the masses!— Charles Sebata (@charlessebata) January 7, 2019
You have guts to hand them uniforms while they sleep in a house like that?— Hannah Sankara (@HannahSankara) January 7, 2019
Just because, only just because you want to receive votes. pic.twitter.com/sGYaRHL1s6
In the video, Mantashe is visiting a family living in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal. He is with two other people-a man and a woman, who are wearing ANC branded T-shirts like him. According to what is said in the video, the lady is a councillor in the area
The two then hand him two plastic bags which he then gives to a teenage girl standing in front of a tiny shack with two boys.
A whole ANC donating uniform to a child headed home who lives in a shack and a mud house— Matlala a kgodumo (@kganyaganya) January 7, 2019
A tweet from @23Lungsta accused Mantatshe of having no shame by taking plastics to a shack and expecting those who live in it to vote the ANC after this "stupid thing of once off parcels". Another, @BamboThulani just tweeted "You have no shame bawo" with sad face emojis at the end.
This is next level of embarrassment...!!!!😑😑😑— New Mayor of The City of Cape Town. (@sydneygxekwa2) January 7, 2019
For @KhomaCom, the fact that Mantatshe had uploaded the video was embarassing:
"You even had the energy to upload that kind of embarrassing act uncle Gwede? Mxm", he tweeted.
Is this a confirmation that your departments such as Social Development and Women and Children are failing in addressing the plight of the poor black people.— Ikhayalabantu (@ikhayalabantu) January 8, 2019
The ANC is in KwaZulu Natal to celebrate the party's 107th anniversary.