New DA leader Mmusi Maimane loves to stay in touch with the people online – he even had a hangout with The Daily Vox not very long ago. AAISHA DADI PATEL rounds up what went down with #AskMmusi.
When it was announced that the “Obama of Soweto” would be having a Town Hall to answer questions via the hashtag #AskMmusi on Twitter, people already knew that it was going to get crazy.
— Beyoncé Pad Thai* (@PearlPillay) May 13, 2015
— Retired Jesus (@Just_Zulu) May 13, 2015
They weren’t wrong. Twitter town halls have a reputation for backfiring and Maimane’s press office was obviously taking a risk.
Some people even offered their opinions of what Maimane was probably saying to himself just before it all went live.
— Luke Skywalker (@lukanyo_) May 13, 2015
And then it was show time!
Soon enough, the hashtag had gone viral with people posing the expected ridiculous questions.
Why do white people hate lotion? #AskMmusi
— Sinesipho Ngcayisa (@Sinesipho_) May 13, 2015
Truth be told though, people were being quite ridiculous.
— Grethe Koen (@the_rantingpony) May 13, 2015
Maimane himself took it in good humour.
— X-EDDGE (@XEDDGE) May 13, 2015
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) May 13, 2015
#AskMmusi, Generations Legacy or Classic?
— Gambino of Gardens (@ThatColinWardle) May 13, 2015
He even hinted at something he has in common with Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.
— Ms SK (@MsShaneSK) May 13, 2015
And while the question time on Twitter wasn’t all used constructively, some people were certain there would be at least one benefit from the Town Hall.
The best part about this is the DA’s Communications team is going to do analytics and count all your trolling tweets as engagement. — Yoli (@YoliYoli_) May 13, 2015
But for now…
That’s all folks!