Malusi Gigaba, the Minister of Home Affairs, might actually be entertaining the suggestion that Trending SA presenter Musa Mthombeni is his son, Well, as a joke at least!
The minister played along on social media this week and even went as far as inviting Musa (who is also a qualified doctor) to lunch where they could “talk, uTatakho”. In case you’ve never watched the show, uTatakho (which directly translates to “your father”) is a show that attempts to reunite children with their estranged fathers.
It all began with innocent praise from Dr Musa, who spoke very highly of the service he received at the Soweto Home Affairs branch. He then piled the praise on the man at the top, even going as far as tagging Malusi Gigaba for improving the workflow.
Dr Musa wrote: “Can we just acknowledge the Department of Home Affairs. I went to apply for a new passport at a Soweto branch on Monday (whole process took 45 min) and a few days later it’s ready for collection 🙏🏾 well done to the staff. Well done @mgigaba”
Can we just acknowledge the Department of Home affairs. I went to apply for a new passport at a Soweto branch on Monday (whole process took 45 min) and a few days later it’s ready for collection 🙏🏾 well done to the staff. Well done @mgigaba pic.twitter.com/WwvCADuOI2
— DrMusa (@DrMusaMthombeni) September 14, 2018
At this point the best we were expecting was a polite response from the minister, but what we got was far more entertaining.
Twitter folks went on to claim that the reason why Dr Musa had received such favourable service is because he looks a lot like the Malusi Gigaba.
And from there, people drew their own conclusions:
Lols uTata wakho moss lo Musa
— Miss L.Ndlovu (@MillybNdlovu) September 14, 2018
Niyafana futhi pic.twitter.com/0jjJ7BULIZ
— Rare Breed💕 (@noma_mzinyati) September 15, 2018
To his credit, Malusi Gigaba was a great sport when he responded to the tweets
As soon as he spotted the notifications in his Twitter profile he immediately tweeted Dr Musa:
We @DrMusaMthombeni, I see from comments on your tweet about the efficiency of some Soweto DHA office that your followers are convinced we are related, even though our complexions are day and night. When are you free to do lunch so we can talk ‘Utatakho’?
— Malusi Gigaba (@mgigaba) September 16, 2018
And the doctor went on to DM his potential father:
Minister I am free to have this discussion when you are free. This is very important. It’s INT-TE-GRAL!
Check dm! Lol. https://t.co/fMhfA5v6Rl
— DrMusa (@DrMusaMthombeni) September 16, 2018
Do you think there is any resemblance between Dr Musa Mthombeni and Malusi Gigaba or is Twitter being a bit too extra?
— Viral Feed SA (@ViralFeedZA) September 18, 2018
While it seems like a joke to many, but to some anything is possible with Minister Gigaba. 2 years ago the minister broke headlines when his affair with a socialite Buhle Mkhize became a public secret. Some people are of the opinion that if a whole minister could cheat on his wife with a celebrity, why then can't he impregnate Dr Musa Mthombeni's mother.
After cheating on his wife, a storm then erupted on social media on an account allegedly belonging to Buhle Mkhize against Norma Gigaba, wife of Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Mkhize had an affair with Malusi Gigaba in the past, and a previous social media spat between the two carried on for months in 2015 and 2016.
On Twitter, socialite Mkhize appeared to threaten the Gigabas, indicating that she has a recording on tape that could embarrass the minister.
This was after January 2016 when for the first time, Noma Gigaba admitted that her husband, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba, had sex with New York-based fashion stylist Buhle Mkhize.
“The reason she is continuing with her posts is because I don’t respond and it upsets her. I don’t understand why she is harassing me when she is the one who had sex with my man. She started sending me threatening e-mails in 2014, demanding money. I told her she would not get any money, only a prostitute does that,” the minister's official wife said.