‘Forever young’ Winnie warmly welcomed to the Twitterverse

By SIYA BOYA on October 17, 2013

Dispatch Online

THOUSANDS of South Africans were thrilled to welcome “mother of the nation” Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to Twitter on Saturday, resulting in her trending on Tuesday night.

The struggle veteran, who signs her tweets “WM”, has not been shy about her latest activities and had tweeted 79 times at the time of print.

With the @winniemandela handle, she had 4 756 followers, a number that is fast growing.

She is following 83 people, which includes South African politicians across a broad spectrum, Bafana Bafana, the Springboks and South African pop musician Danny K, as well as most of the Mandela family and international politicians like Hillary Clinton.

The Trendsmap website , which analyses tweet flows using algorithms, tweeted on Tuesday night that @winniemandela was trending in South Africa. Her tweets include:

(To Walter Sisulu’s grandson Shaka) “@ shakasisulu Molo mzukulwana. Unqabile ekhaya. Ndiva kusithiwa uyawusebendzela umbutho woo tatomkhulu benu. Phambili!” (Hello grandson. You are scarce at home. I hear that you are working for the organisation of your grandfathers. Go forth!)

(To South African “tweleb” Khaya Dlanga) @khayadlanga my grand children tell me you are vocal young man. Molo mzukulwana!”

May god bless you & your dear ones with peace, prosperity & happiness on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ulAdha. Happy Eid to all Muslims! WM

Different people took the time to welcome her.

Media mogul and Power fm owner Given Mkhari @MkhariGiven: “Forever young @winniemandela on twitter! Welcome mama!”

“Gareth Cliff @GarethCliff: “Welcome Mama!”

Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu had his Twitter account briefly suspended for “aggressively following” other users, just hours after it was launched. —

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