Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
31 Mar 2021
11:19 am

Twitter sceptical of Minnie Dlamini-Jones’ Noxolo Grootboom story

Sandisiwe Mbhele

Some Twitter users did not believe the TV presenter when she said she screamed Noxolo Grootboom's name around the house when she was four years old.

Minnie Dlamini-Jones. Picture: Instagram

The end of an era of TV broadcasting gripped the nation on Tuesday when veteran newsreader Noxolo Grootboom read her final bulletin at 7pm on SABC1’s iXhosa news.

As millions tuned in, many celebrities shared how influential Grootboom was to them and her influence on their careers.

TV presenter Minnie Dlamini-Jones was one of them, sharing a childhood memory told by her mother. Dlamini-Jones says her mother says when Minnie was just four years old she used to get “super excited” to see the legend Grootboom on her screen and “scream her name around the house”.

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Twitter users did not believe her story. When called out, Minnie lashed out calling them “disgusting.”

She deleted her tweets due to several negative comments she was receiving and tweeps responded.



President Cyril Ramaphosa delayed his address to the nation so that people could watch Grootboom for the last time. Retiring after 37 years in broadcasting was emotional as she said her final words, “ndinthanda nonk’emakhaya” – I love you all.

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