The communications manager of the African National Congress (ANC) Khusela Sangoni is considering waving the social media goodbye after she was roasted on Twitter by President Jacob Zuma’s daughter Thuthukile Zuma.
In a pair of scathing attacks launched over the weekend, Thuthukile pointed out that ANC spokesperson must be an elected NEC member, not an employee.
Her tweet was shortly followed by another, in which she said that Khusela’s statement about the ANCYL GP puts the ANC into disrepute.
Thuthukile was making reference to a statement released by Sangoni, in which she condemned the Gauteng ANC Youth League for calling on Gauteng Premier David Makhura to resign for the death of 94 psychiatric patients in the province.
In the statement, Khusela Sangoni described the league’s call as atrocious and despicable.
The statement added: “… During this difficult period, all structures of our movement should be focusing their energies on supporting the bereaved families; it is not the time for squabbling around leadership positions and unfortunate public displays of disunity.
“Our people expect the ANC and the government to focus and unite around helping them heal and find eventual closure. Where there are genuine issues of the ANC Youth League in Gauteng to be engaged with the leadership of the ANC in Gauteng, the ANC calls for the Youth League to raise these within acceptable organizational and societal norms.”
Though the ANC in Gauteng later withdrew the charge, Zuma’s daughter took it on the offensive side and slammed Sangoni for speaking on behalf of the ANC.
She wrote on Twitter: “Khusela’s statement bout (sic) ANCYL GP puts the ANC into disrepute. Unelected officials should not be writing statements on behalf of the org.”
She added: “ANC must stop juniorising serious posts. The only spokesperson must be an elected NEC member, not an employee.”
In response, Khusela Sangoni took to her Facebook page and posted: “Hey ingathi umntu ngekhe ayicingisise lento yokuphuma kule social media” – loosely translated as “one has to seriously consider quitting social media”.
Meanwhile, Thuthukile has been backlashed by some ANC members. Former ANC national media coordinator Nomfanelo Kota said her criticism apparently defied logic.
Kota advised Thuthu and her siblings to desist from treating ANC cadres who work hard with contempt.
Who Is Thuthukile?
Thuthukile Zuma’s parents are President Jacob Zuma and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She is the youngest of Dlamini-Zuma’s four daughters.
She schooled at the Westerford High School and graduated in December 2006. In 2012, she enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand to complete a degree in anthropology.
In 2014, at the young age of 25, Thuthukile was appointed as the chief of staff in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. The appointment was largely criticized due to her age, inexperience, and relationship with her father.
Two Fast Facts You Need To Know About Thuthukile Zuma
- Thuthukile is a Staunch Supporter of Dlamini-Zuma
It was discovered from Thuthukile’s Facebook wall that she really wants her mother to take over the leadership of the ANC once her father steps down.
She once posted on her wall: “2017: sikolento yeDoek [we’re in this thing of the Doek] Revolution. #NDZ [Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma].
Well, if she doesn’t support her mother, who will?
2. Thuthukile Wants Jimmy Manyi On ANC NEC Boat
Reliable reports had it that she wants Jimmy Manyi elected to the ANC NEC – which is the highest decision-making body. Thuthukile once described Manyi as the “real deal” and called on the ANC to install the former cabinet spokesperson.
Jimmy Manyi is President Jacob Zuma’s most vocal supporter.