DA leader Mmusi Maimane repeats the incorrect stat, takes a sip of Woolworths water and then indicates what he actually meant.
Mmusi Maimane does the Woolies Water Challenge. Image: @ MmusiMaimane / Twitter.
JOHANNESBURG – For two days, Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), was the target of many jokes about his mixed stats about unemployment, but he turned around and used the jokes to campaign.
A video from Maimane about the campaign game, regretting the high unemployment rate, went viral Wednesday because he said "44 out of 10 South Africans have no jobs", leaving many confused.
– Dumisani Tembe (@KunjaloD) March 12, 2019
"44 out of 10 South Africans have no job." – Mmusi Maimane. pic.twitter.com/iXcTNQQLMb
– Pootie Tang (@Mdudemeister) March 13, 2019
@ThabisoTema Mmusi Maymoney is a confused guy. Not long ago, he said #DA supporters that "44 out of 10 South Africans are unemployed", he is now filing a criminal indictment with the #NPA? Soon, @Our_DA will the #NDPP incompetent#PowerDrive # 2019Elections pic.twitter.com/A8eIAKNftW
– Mthetheleli🇿🇦 (@Nxuba_Rhudulu) March 13, 2019
44 out of 10 pic.twitter.com/vkX71lFe7S
– I love House 🎶 (@BaasTHiZA) March 13, 2019
Because Maimane did not want to take it down, he tapped the viral #WooliesWaterChallenge to correct himself.
He repeats the incorrect stat, takes a sip of Woolworths water and then gives the correct statistics.
44/10 or 4/10?
– Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) March 14, 2019
The Woolies Water Challenge started when a viral video was posted on social media, with a group of young men who speak isiZulu and elementary English, drink Woolworth's water and start using big words in their conversation.