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The Luh Twizzy movement is in full swing, as teenagers flocked to Mall of Africa to cause chaos. Photo: Twitter
The Luh Twizzy movement is in full swing, as teenagers flocked to Mall of Africa to cause chaos. Photo: Twitter

Johannesburg’s Mall of Africa has been trending and not for the reasons one might assume. This last weekend, the mall in Midrand was flooded with high schoolers who turned it into the city's next party spot. 

Malls have been notoriously known for giving high school kids a space to socialise. In my day, we would go to Montecasino where we would tell our parents that we would watch a movie, and instead, chill with friends outside or walk around the casino precinct, looking to make connections with other kids until our parents would call us to tell us they were outside to collect us.

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It seems like it is one of our country's new-age rites of passage. We were the skrr skrr generation, and now, we have finally met a new generation found in the daring Luh Twizzy.  

While both terms are used to describe urban kids, usually found in the north or Braamfontein, skrr skrrs take on more of an all-encompassing aesthetic that’s somewhat wavy and carefree. Luh Twizzys take a darker twist with more of a toxic f**k boy energy, hair over their eyes in pictures and a hard rock aesthetic with inspirations from the 2000s mall rat era, grunge and the Marilyn Manson aesthetic. 

The term seems to have been inspired by the social media app TikTok in something called the Luh Twizzy challenge. The challenge stipulates that teenagers storm a mall and cause absolute chaos for the customers at the mall.  

This time, the result ended in countless dangerous fights, and crowds of teenagers storming Mall of Africa with even more determination than the national shutdown protestors.
@stfu.simba What happened at Mall of Africa / MOA , on 25 March 2023 Luh Twizzy #SAMA28#luhtwizzy#twizzy#yeat#goth#viral? Out thë way - Yeat

Mall of Africa confirmed the chaos in a statement, but denied the alleged death of a teenager, saying:

We are aware of the posts that are going around on social media of a particular alleged death, but we can confirm that it did not happen. We are investigating the reported disruption and will aim to share information with relevant parties as soon as this is available.
 Although death did not happen, the Luh Twizzys got extra violent in an altercation that resulted in an alleged stabbing. 

The Luh Twizzy movement is a growing phenomenon in South Africa, and Mall of Africa’s incident wasn’t the first, and definitely won't be the last we see of the Luh Twizzys.

In June last year, they caused chaos at Montecasino in Fourways. Although this particular altercation did not result in violent attacks, many teenagers a part of the movement were seen storming restaurants, such as Roco Mamas in an attempt to cause restaurant goers distress.

I'll be the first to say that the Luh Twizzys have definitely proven to be quite a menacing bunch. However, there is something quite phenomenal about their ability to band together for one common goal and their commitment to their very own subculture.

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If the goal is to catch our attention, the 2000s are definitely succeeding and if their power could be used for more positive change, then our country's future might be secure in the hands of generation alpha.

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