Social media storm after Mbalula tweets from Dubai

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Police Minister Fikile Mbalula

JOHANNESBURG - The Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula caused a Twitter storm on Christmas Day when he sent a tweet from Dubai. 

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Mbalula&39;s tweeted a Christmas message, with his account&39;s geotagging showing it is coming from the United Arab Emirates. 

FILE: Police minister Fikile Mbalula has been slammed after a tweet that appears to have been sent from Dubai. CREDIT: Twitter/screengrab

The tweet has since been deleted but it saw a spike in activity on social media. 

South Africans were quick on the mark, questioning whether the minister&39;s trip was linked to the Gupta family.

A Trendsmap analysis shows a surge in tweets mentioning Mbalula globally.

In the space of 24 hours, @MbalulaFikile was mentioned in 4,100 Tweets, 2,500 retweets, and 1,500 replies.

FILE: A Trendsmap analysis reveals a surge in Tweets in Christmas day mentioning the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula. CREDIT: Trendsmap

The Guptas are implicated in state capture, along with several government officials and executives at state-owned enterprises.