The Department of Higher Education issued a statement on Sundays June 6, In which it says that the Minister was having lunch with his family at a restaurant in Howick on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg in Kwa Zulu Natal when a blogger attending the same restaurant threaten him on Twitter.
According to the statement, the Department further stated that the person tweeted: “Guys I’m at a restaurant and there’s a minister here-should I hit him?, to which another Twitter user responded, “send location, sizokusiza (we’ll come help)”. the person tweeted
Following this, another person added further to the threats whilst criticizing the work of Ministers.
In response to the instigator, the person said
Stand up and clink a glass and call attention to their table and offer a short thought ‘we deserve better from you and your friends and you deserve to be uncomfortable in public spaces until you start doing your jobs.
The Minister's spokesperson, Ishmael Mnisi went on to say that the minister has also reported the matter to Twitter authorities.
The bloggers violated twitter rules and regulations which are against the incitement of violence and physical safety of fellow bloggers or members of the public.
"It is apparent that the said Twitter user did not only threaten the personal safety of the minister and his family, but also sought to publicly humiliate Nzimande," Mnisi was quoted as saying.
When Minister Nzimande was made aware of the tweets, the minister recognised the individual who was seated not a distance from where the minister was seated at the time when the minister was at the said restaurant in Howick, outside Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal.
Nzimande will be opening a case against the implicated Tweeter user and will further consider taking legal action against them and other accomplices who joined in on the tweets by inciting violence and hate the department said.