Cape Town – As unrest continues in South Africa with the country experiencing a wave of protests against foreign nationals, celebs are responding to the ongoing violence in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Ekhuruleni.
According to News24, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has likened the protest action to that of the 2008 xenophobia "crisis" as the death toll increases and stands at 7, after two bodies were burned and found in Alexandra on Wednesday.
"I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK," she wrote.
"For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this."
SEE HER TWEET HERE:
I refuse to watch the barbaric butchering of my people in SA. This is SICK. For this reason I will NOT be performing at the upcoming DSTV delicious Festival in Johannesburg on the 21st of September. My prayers are with all the victims and families affected by this.— Tiwa Savage (@TiwaSavage) September 4, 2019
Other local and international celebs including Naomi Campbell, T.I. and Burna Boy, have also commented on the violence plaguing the country.
T.I. wrote, "I'm completely at a loss after all I've heard about what's goin on in S.Africa [sic]," while Naomi Campbell said, "I AM CALLING FOR PEACE. WE ARE ONE AFRICA. WE UNITE."
SEE THOSE POSTS AND MORE CELEBS REACTIONS HERE:
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I’m completely at a loss after all I’ve heard about what’s goin on in S.Africa. I’ve spent extended periods of time there on separate occasions and it was such a beautiful place filled with a diverse mixture of honest, hardworking people with morals and principles... that reputation is being threatened by #xenophobia and IT MUST STOP ?? The only true way to achieve peace & harmony is to #Unite & #StopXenphobia ????????????????????????
I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the fuck up and really performs A miracle because I don’t know how they can even possibly fix this.— Burna Boy (@burnaboy) September 3, 2019
Disheartening to watch these videos from my home! You’re fighting the wrong war , fighting the wrong people. How do we walk around hating each other? Africa is one! We’re all the same people! Pls don’t loose yourself! #SayNoToXenophobia One Love ??— Wizkid (@wizkidayo) September 3, 2019
I hope we know that vandalizing, looting and attacking businesses and people here in Nigeria is not an act of retaliation. You are simply taking food from the table of more Nigerians. I wish I didn’t have to tweet this but now we are just hurting ourselves ??— Omoni Oboli (@Omonioboli) September 4, 2019
Compiled by Bashiera Parker