Zindzi Mandela racist tweet

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‘Hands off Zindzi Mandela’, say her many Twitter supporters
Those backing the daughter of Nelson and Winnie over her #OurLand tweets include 5FM’s Thando Thabethe and, through retweets, EFF leader Julius Malema.

As a divisive series of tweets allegedly from Zindzi Mandela with the hashtag #OurLand continues to trend on Twitter, many voices have reacted to the backlash caused by the tweets by showing support for her.

The Citizen reported on Saturday that a series of tweets from an unverified Twitter account believed to belong Zindzi – one of the daughters of Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as well as South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark – had caused outrage but also garnered support.

Opinions seem to be divided along mainly but not entirely racial lines, with many white people expressing outrage. Those offended include DA councillor Renaldo Gouws, who slammed the “mainstream media” for failing to call Zindzi a “racist” and a “bigot” in one of a series of tweets on the matter, and AfriForum, which has released a statement calling for Mandela to be recalled as ambassador.

There has, however, been significant support for Mandela as well. EFF leader Julius Malema has retweeted some of those supporting her, and 5FM presenter Thando Thabethe took to Twitter to calling for “Hands off #ZindziMandela”.

The Citizen reported on Saturday that Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula reacted to one of Zindzi’s tweets with what some interpreted as a call for restraint. This response was questioned by Malema.
 

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Mbalula and Malema respond to Zindzi Mandela’s #OurLand tweets
The minister seems to have asked Zindzi to show restraint, in a response questioned by the EFF leader.

Zindzi Mandela’s #OurLand tweets continue to divide Twitter into those outraged by them and those supportive of them, and have now seen a response from Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, who in turn was responded to by EFF leader Julius Malema.

Mbalula responded to Zindzi’s tweet “Whilst I wine and dine here … wondering how the world of shivering land thieves is doing #OurLand” with “Ambassador hibambe qabane” along with the emoji of two hands placed together, meaning please or thank you [in this case it most likely means please].

This inspired EFF leader Julius Malema – who also RTed the “shivering land thieves” tweet – to ask Mbalula what he meant.

In response to Malema, Twitter users weighed in with their interpretation of Mbalula’s tweet.

Most seemed to view the tweet as meaning that Mbalula was asking Zindzi, who is South Africa’s ambassador to Denmark, to show more restrain in her tweets, with “hibambe” literally meaning “hold on”.

This in turn inspired much debate over whether Mbalula was right or wrong to call for this if indeed this was his intended meaning.

In support of the idea that Zindzi should consider her tweets more carefully, one user said “As a [government] diplomat, you don’t have freedom to be rowdy and radical on social media”.

“Fikile is trying to speak some sense into Zindzi said another user,” with another stating that “Some positions require some kind of conduct in public.”

Those who disagreed with Mbalula characterised him as a “sellout” and someone who “will never take a position”.
Since the double down on RET, which includes EWC, some people are expressing their anger, in PC terms, openly in the public.
 

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I wonder how Julius can support this. I thought he said he would like to form coalition with the DA in the next municipal elections.
 

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AfriForum wants Zindzi Mandela dismissed as ambassador for ‘racist’ tweets
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The lobby group’s deputy CEO, Alana Bailey, said “an ambassador’s duty is to represent all the inhabitants of the country who designate him or her, to promote their interests without favour or prejudice and to be an advocate for all. In addition, he or she must convey the image of a healthy and united country to win the confidence of political partners and investors.”

“With her Twitter messages, Mandela has demonstrated a hateful attitude towards white people in the country and publicly contributed to the division of local communities,” Bailey continued.

“Her false claims and humiliating descriptions of white South Africans as ‘cowards’ and ‘land thieves’ contribute to a dangerous discourse that creates scapegoats.

“Her defense – that she is entitled to her personal opinion – shows a complete lack of insight into the responsibilities of her post.

“It is also inconsistent with the country’s constitution, which clearly states that South Africa belongs to everyone.
The statement also asks “whose interests” Mandela represents and “how much work will be needed” to undo the “reputational damage” she has caused.

Bailey feels that the country has suffered due to the stances on human rights issues taken by diplomats in recent years. She expressed a hope in the statement that Pandor will be able to undo reputational damage she believes was caused by these diplomats, adding that the way Pandor “handles ambassador Mandela” will determine whether or not this “hope is justified”.
I would like to see the SAHRC's and FXI's opinion on this. Zindzi will be treated the same as Malema, robust political speech which the SAHRC stated as central to freedom of expression. This form of inequality is dangerously sprouting in our Constitution, the privilege of one demographic over the other because of public interest.
 

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I take it that MMusi Maimane has already comdem our honorable ambassador:p
I doubt it, even Zille is only retweeting after having high tea with Madonsela discussing white privilege and black disadvantage. It seems the only politician who felt the urge to challenge this was Fikile, and he got blasted for it.
 

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I doubt it, even Zille is only retweeting after having high tea with Madonsela discussing white privilege and black disadvantage. It seems the only politician who felt the urge to challenge this was Fikile, and he got blasted for it.
Who would've though fikile would grow some balls. The rest are all useless scum balls
 

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https://city-press.news24.com/News/...zindzi-mandela-lashes-out-on-twitter-20190616

Nelson Mandela Foundation wants meeting after Zindzi Mandela lashes out on Twitter
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Sandra Botha, a former DA leader in Parliament who was an ambassador in the Czech Republic between 2009 and December 2012, said on Twitter: “Please someone [tell] me this is not a real account from a real South African Ambassador. It can’t be.”

Another former ambassador, David Jacobs, told City Press’ sister publication Rapport that the comments were “divisive and are burning bridges at a very sensitive stage of our history. It will do great damage to the international confidence we so desperately need.”

Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the department of international relations and cooperation, said he could not reach Mandela yesterday to verify if the Twitter account was indeed hers.

“We cannot comment before we have spoken to her,” he said.

Luzuko Koti, the communications director at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which is currently involved in litigation to have the old South African flag declared hate speech, yesterday said the foundation was seeking a meeting with Mandela.

“We will comment after we have discussed the issue with her,” said Koti.

Advocate André Gaum, a commissioner at the SA Human Rights Commission, said that if a complaint was received by the commission, it would investigated.


Reacting to the tweets, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said it felt as if the reconciliation project had “stalled”, and that it left a lot of South Africans feeling like they “no longer had a stake in a democratic South Africa”.

“The climate allows divisive and damaging politics to take root insofar as people withdraw back into their racial and cultural laagers. Zindzi Mandela’s comments are unfortunate because they attempt to blame government’s failure to grow the economy and accomplish true empowerment on specific parts of the population.”


Inkatha Freedom Party spokesperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa said it was wrong to “further escalate tensions” about the land question, which is a “legitimate issue”.

“An antagonistic attitude is not going to aid land reform,” he said.

It was not immediately apparent what had prompted Mandela, who has been as ambassador in Copenhagen since 2015, to get involved in the land debate.

The ANC did not respond to a request for comment.
Maimane chose interesting words...
 
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