Maimane comes under fire for ‘coffin case’ tweet

2016-11-16 16:39

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Cape Town – Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane came under fire on Wednesday for condemning racism in a criminal matter and then adding a photo with a mob justice theme to his tweet.

On Wednesday afternoon, he tweeted: “Waiting for the two #coffincase people who act in despicable manner against the South Africa we ought to build. Racism must be destroyed.”

Maimane’s tweet followed the appearance of two men in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court for allegedly beating and forcing a black man into a coffin.

Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen allegedly assaulted Victor Mlotshwa the JM de Beer Boerdery, next to the Komati power station in Mpumalanga.

The 20-second video of the incident went viral after being posted on Youtube on November 7.

Many social media users were infuriated when they saw Maimane’s tweet.

Vusi Mphazima (‏@vusi_sa) said the pastor’s true colours were coming out another @ChrisUItzinger said the leader of the opposition was promoting violence and vigilantism.

@Kateomega felt it was not appropriate to suggest people should pick up rocks to fight anything. 

Echoing her sentiments, @ThaboMakeba1 said: “@MmusiMaimane and do u think answering racism with violence will destroy Racism? Grow up, SA people are expecting justice no throwing stones.”

Maimane was sending out a mixed message, suggested @jonahboat.

“U scaring ur people now, when they see you they see Mandela,I forsee moment of silence on dinner tables today #coffinAssault,” tweeted user @kgaoza4life.

A few wondered if the political party leader would delete his tweet.

Defending Maimane, Xolani Zondo (@XondoZ12) said of the photo: “a meme is not a representation of actions. Please. Let's see this for what it is. A visual representation of feelings.”

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