Sandisiwe Mbhele

By Sandisiwe Mbhele

UX Content Writer

WATCH: ‘Oh no!’ Lindiwe Zulu’s viral load shedding video gets TikTok remix

The social development minister was discussing her department's performance rollout of the R350 SRD grant when lights went out.

Eish! Even being a minister in the country’s Cabinet doesn’t mean you’re not prone to load shedding.

The country has endured daily load shedding for nearly two weeks. Eskom says the rolling blackouts should end on Sunday evening, but this could change due to the instability of the grid.

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu’s reaction to load shedding during a recent interview with SABC journalist Vuyo Mvoko went viral this week. Zulu was discussing her department’s rollout of social relief grants during the pandemic, particularly the R350 grant for the unemployed.

As Zulu was speaking, the power went off and she exclaimed “oh no..”, much to the amusement of South Africans on social media. Mvoko was taken aback and hoped it wasn’t the case, saying: “We hope it’s got nothing to do with load shedding.”


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Zulu went back online and apologised: “Sorry that was load shedding.”

Twitter users couldn’t help but be creative with the video, using the viral TikTok song Oh no no no no by Capone.

During their discussion, Mvoko asked the minister how they would rate themselves in performance, from one to five. Zulu answered: “I would give ourselves four. I will tell you why I rate us at four because we are dealing with something we had only two weeks to implement.”

She says when President Cyril Ramapahosa announced the R350 Special Relief of Distress (SRD) the department did not have a system in place to implement it.

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The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) announced the SRD Covid-19 grants were paid for the last time at the end of April, amid much uproar.

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