Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng Education MEC, and Ekurhuleni’s Mayor Mzwandile Masina, angered other Twitter users on Sunday when they thought they saw an old South African national flag in TV footage of the Wales-South Africa World Cup semi-final in Japan.
The rumor started when Masina tweeted: “More reasons why I have nothing to do with supporting this team, with some of the supporters still carrying (the) apartheid flag. Shame on you for this barbaric display of the apartheid flag when democracy embraces all South Africans. “
Then Lesufi tweeted: “That flag spoils it unfortunately for everyone. This team #Springboks belongs to all of us. Let’s avoid hurting each other unnecessarily. #SterkerSaam. “
Several other Twitter users also later tweeted that it was the old national flag.
However, a number of other users went to other screen grabs from a different angle and showed that what looks like a piece of the old national flag is, in fact, the usual national flag.
In a photo posted by a Twitter user, this is also clearly the new flag. There is even a video clip in which it is even clearer that the old national flag is not.
Some of those Twitter users have been harassing Lesufi.
He is then forced to apologize