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.

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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