Minister Fikile Mbalula has been embroiled in a Twitter scandal and social media is divided.
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The transport minister is known for trending on Twitter for statements or tweets that rub many people up the wrong way. He is also one of the most active and interactive ministers on social media, as he does not shy away from commenting on popular topics or trends, or dragging people who come for him sideways.
However, this time around, it is not what he has tweeted publicly that he is trending for, but rather what he tweeted privately. Mr ‘Fear Fokol’ probably fears the person responsible for exposing him in this manner after his direct messages (DMs) were shared on social media for all to see.
Twitter user @Khanya_nols had her account hacked, this according to some of her friends on the app, and on Thursday morning all hell broke loose when the culprit went for the jugular by exposing her DMs. A screenshot of her very brief interaction in the DMs with minister Fikile Mbalula was shared on the timeline.
In their conversation, which is mostly in both their mother tongue, IsiXhosa, Mr Razzmatazz (who refers to Khanya as “mhlobo wami” meaning “my friend”) asks her what brings her to Cape Town. She replies that she works in the city, to which he then tells her that he hopes to see her.
Saze safunwa ngo Mbalula sibancane 🥺 pic.twitter.com/XUwF25ypPE
— kumkani (@Kumkaniii) June 3, 2021
As expected, Twitter has been buzzing.
Ok Khanya is hacked but uMbalula yena??🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/6FL1TGJ2Yc
— Miss N🇿🇦 (@AmaXhosa94) June 3, 2021
But Mr Fix siyizibe yini eyakhe 😂 nizama ukumprotector🤣
— MR RSM🇿🇦 (@RSM29_) June 3, 2021
Mbalula has it easy. Just like that?
We broke men have to write a poem in order to get a response 😭 pic.twitter.com/nf48fJX5Ny
— Minding My own Business (@MindingMynown) June 3, 2021
While some people are of the opinion that Mbalula was shooting his shot, many have a different view and hav applauded Khanya for how she responded.
“Khanya didn’t fumble any bag. She’s a lady who has class and respects herself. Stop projecting on her please. Respect her name. She’s one wonderful person,” one Twitter user wrote.
“What did Mbalula say to Khanya that was wrong please school me I only saw a part that sounded like a friend was asking a friend ukba uphi / wenzani eKapa, I didn’t see anything about ukushela [asking her out],” someone else wrote.
“Exposing a 3 months old DM from Mr Fix Mbalula to Khanya is sign that Khanya is clean. The hacker went as far as 3 months back and still couldn’t find any dirt on her’. Respect to Khanya,” another tweep wrote.
Khanya didn't fumble any bag. She's a lady who has class and respects herself. Stop projecting on her please. Respect her name. She's one wonderful person.
— Thembisile Q (@Thembisile_Q) June 3, 2021
Exposing a 3 months old DM from Mr Fix Mbalula to Khanya is sign that Khanya is clean.
The hacker went as far as 3 months back and still couldn't find any dirt on her'
Respect to Khanya pic.twitter.com/eth83CRbGU
— IG: Jayt_Mbango🇿🇦™ ❼ (@JayT_Mbango) June 3, 2021
Khanya has released a video that is currently circulate. In the video she explains that her account has been hacked and she wishes to express that she is not responsible for any of the tweets being posted.
Please RT for awareness… Khanya is hacked and doesn't have access to her account 🥺💔 pic.twitter.com/xKiLUiR914
— Dr Zickie💫👑 (@MakaLino_S) June 3, 2021