The EFF leader Julius Malema also retweeted the ” shivering land thieves” tweet and asked Mbalula what he meant. In response to Malema, Twitter users weighed in with their interpretation of the transport ministers tweet.
Users on Twitter see to view the tweet as meaning that Mbalula was asking Zindzi, to show more restrain in her tweets, as “hibambe” means “hold on”.
Opening up a debate over whether Mbalula was right or wrong to call for this if indeed this was his intended meaning. Those who disagreed with the minister, referring to him as a “sellout”, “someone who will never take a position”.
However, others supported the idea that Zindzi should consider her tweets more carefully. As she had received a backlash but also support for a series of tweets with the hashtag #OurLand.
These included a tweet about “trembling white cowards” who are the “thieving rapist descendants of Van Riebeck [sic]” and one saying that she was “wondering how the world of shivering land thieves is doing” while out “wining and dining” at a restaurant.