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Black Twitter comes out guns blazing after journo questions Thabiso Ndlovu’s wealth

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While many have congratulated Thabiso Hamilton Ndlovu for buying five luxurious vehicles over the weekend, an investigative journalist and author Pieter-Louis Myburgh have questioned the businessman’s dealings much to the displeasure of the SA Black Twitter.

Ndlovu bought a Porsche “for the kids” and another for his mother as well as one Lamborghini Urus for his wife and two Jeeps for himself and his father. Videos of the cars went viral on social media.

According to his social media profile, Ndlovu is the founder of HamiltonN Holdings, a company that provides commercial and engineering services in the SADC region.

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“With nearly 20 years of combined multi-industry experience as a supplier of strategy, consulting, research and development, engineering, operations and technical staffing. To a diverse spectrum of industries, we can provide the quality resources you need, exactly when you need them,” reads the description on his company website.

Some cautioned him that the videos could attract unwanted attention from law officials who may investigate him, as they did with Sam ‘Mshengu’ Chabalala.

Much to that belief, Myburgh signalled his intention to look into Ndlovu’ business dealings.

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Myburgh believes this investigation should happen in order to ascertain the legitimacy of Ndlovu’s wealth.

“Great ‘anger’ because some question a young tenderpreneur’s flashy cars. I wonder when last some of these ‘commentators’ visited a far-flung township. This version of wealth and ‘success’ is built on exorbitant tender projects that bring nothing but misery to poor South Africans,”

– tweeted Myburgh in response to his detractors who filled his Twitter mentions in defence of Ndlovu.

“I wasn’t too surprised by the backlash, given how toxic social media platforms like Twitter tend to get. But it’s also a very useful tool to source new information, and in that regard, my tweet has paid off,” Myburgh told the Citizen.

He stood by his initial point highlighting the necessity of asking questions regarding situations similar to Ndlovu’s.

“Nobody is saying Mr Ndlovu’s turn of fortune can necessarily be attributed to dubious conduct. However, considering the histories of the SOEs his company lists as clients on its website, investigative journalists and the public, in general, would naturally have their questions.

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“Prasa, for instance, which is listed as a client of Hamilton Consulting, has a long and sorry history of wastage and questionable contracts. This was confirmed by former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s excellent Prasa report. Taxpayers have very good reason to wonder whether any contracts Mr Ndlovu’s company had obtained from Prasa were indeed above-board or cost-effective.”

SA Black Twitter

Black Twitter is a formidable and creative movement that leaves no person safe and no wit uncensored, while tackling matters of common interest or relatable content among the black community. It is imperative to distinguish that while the term “Black Twitter” exists globally, in South Africa, it is essentially just Twitter.

Here are some of the reactions from the Black Twitter community.



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