26 February 2016

South Africa: Twitter Users Cut Deep As They #AskBlade for Answers

South Africa's Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has put his head on the social media chopping block, inviting users on Twitter to pose questions to him at #AskBlade.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande put his head on the social media chopping block on Friday, inviting users on Twitter to pose questions to him at #AskBlade.

Fairly new to the brutality of Twitter, the minister used his account, which he opened in January, to send out the invitation.

Bonginkosi Nzimande @DrBladeNzimande said: "For 24 hours I invite you to #AskBlade questions you have about #HigherEducation - Will post Answers Monday 29 Feb."

And Twitter took up the challenge.

From questions about his skin care routine, to some about his "high pitched" voice and his shoe size, the minister was slammed for using social media to address serious issues.

Nothing was off limits, as users asked for the Gupta curry recipe and his opinion on the latest music trends.

A lot of users were interested in his favourite alcoholic beverages.

User GT Modise wanted to know:

Are you a single malt or blend guy? #AskBlade - GT Modise (@GladwinModise) February 26, 2016

Azad Ncalane wondered if the minister was Neo in the Matrix:

If you were Neo in the Matrix which pill would you have taken? #AskBlade - Azad Ncalane (@AzadNcalane) February 26, 2016

Joe Black just wanted help finding his lost Ceres juice:

#AskBlade do you know who drank my Ceres juice in the fridge? Here in Harare it's so expensive please help - Joe Black (@joeblackzw) February 26, 2016

The minister has been accused of being absent during ongoing violent strikes at universities around the country this month, and some users called him out on that.

Does your dismal failure in adressing student issues bother you? cause you genuinly look unbothered by it all #AskBlade - kearabilwe ??? (@kearabilwemash2) February 26, 2016

While another wanted to know:

How many higher education institutions must be burnt to ashes before free education for all is provided? #AskBlade

- Matome Phillix (@Matome_Kay) February 26, 2016

Read on for more tweets from #AskBlade...

#AskBlade why did Ja Rule only roll up his left sleeve in the "Mesmerized" video with Ashanti? - Joe Black (@joeblackzw) February 26, 2016

#AskBlade is it true that your nick-name at school was Smadzadza ? - Sista Gabhadia (@Johnny_OG7) February 26, 2016

"@dubsymike: #AskBlade Does your colossal failure as a senior leader of once proud organisations ever keep you up at night? #deep - Bassie (@BassieKayy) February 26, 2016

Were you ever taken seriously at school with that voice? #AskBlade - I am KING (@Akhido_Blaque) February 26, 2016

@DrbladeNzimande You have a sopranic voice have you ever thought of joining soweto gospel choir? #AskBlade pic.twitter.com/PDYYJ5JalK - Lebogang mangena (@lebogangmangena) February 26, 2016

Source: News24

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