A Twitter campaign started by a popular social media influencer has gained momentum and threatening the livelihoods of Zimbabweans in neighboring South Africa. The hashtag, #ZimbabweansMustFall , was retweeted and shared over 15 000 times in a period of 12 hours. Our South African neighbors called for Zimbabweans to go back to Zimbabwe as they are hogging resources and taking away opportunities from South Africans.
The originator of the hash tag #ZimbabweansMustFall is one Lerato Pillay who boasts a following of over 57 000 followers on her Twitter account. What is of concern in the virality of the #ZimbabweansMustFall trend. Many South Africans supported the sentiments and shared harrowing details of how Zimbabweans in South Africa have resorted to crime, mostly the undocumented ones, MzansiNdaba reports
Below are a few Tweets and reactions from #ZimbabweansMustFall :
We have thousands of unemployed teachers in South Africa but Gauteng Department of Education Employs Zimbabwean teachers, they go as far making them SA languages teachers. Zimbabweans teach Isizulu in Gauteng public schools #ZimbabweansMustFall
These Zimbabwean guys are responsible for cable theft in the Pretoria North area. They have a secluded area outside Orchards called dikolobeng; this is where all criminal activities take place. All stolen goods gets collected from there for distribution #ZimbabweansMustFall pic.twitter.com/7tGsGhOgdg
— Lerato Pillay (@uLerato_pillay) June 21, 2020
After a few of the Tweets by Lerato Pillay, some South Africans agreed with her and shared their negative experiences which they faced within the hands of Zimbabweans.
At Spar vorna valley, Midrand almost 75% of employees are Zimbabweans,1 Nigerian 3 Mozambican 1 from Malawi and then locals accomodate the remaining 20% #ZimbabweansMustFall
— Ephraim Zola (@Ephraim_Nkuna) June 21, 2020
2018 my closest cousin was fatally stabbed by an undocumented Zimbo for a phone!!! I wanted to run kanti they were many. #ZimbabweansMustFall
— V_K🇿🇦 (@V_K_Bean) June 21, 2020
Zimbabweans in South Africa became worried and some feared the call for Zimbabweans to fall might cause the start of another xenophobic outbreak. As the tension rises, another campaign called #ZimbabweansMustRise was gaining momentum on Twitter.