South Africans had no kind words for the United States-based Actress Naomi Campbell for commenting about South African affairs. Campbell released a statement on Instagram accusing former President Jacob Zuma of causing the chaos that saw the nation lose billions of dollars through looting and destruction.
The looting and burning of infrastructure were sparked by the imprisonment of Zuma for contempt of court.
Campbell penned a statement below:
Dear Former President Jacob Zuma,
This isn’t the South Africa I remember and that millions of South African’s fought for. South Africa overcame Apartheid, showed the world that change was possible. Led the battle in the fight against HIV/AIDS and has weathered countless efforts to undermine the new South Africa.
I have watched how over the last few years you have protested your innocence at the allegations tabled against you of corruption and allowing mass State Capture.
I have seen you got out of your way to avoid having to deal with these matters in court and avoid a
Commission set up to investigate State Capture.
You have talked of the rule of law and the South African constitution being something that should apply to everyone. Yet you defied the courts and were sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Now upon your incarceration, a group of protests under the #Freezuma banner broke out igniting the worst violence and criminality South Africa has seen since the end of apartheid.
These actions not only saw hundreds lose their lives and property be destroyed. But it effects will now be felt by many millions more
This affects the millions of hard-working and peaceful South Africans many of who have suffered over the last year because of Covid.
Each day you defy the courts and stoke division you take a step backwards from Madiba’s vision for South Africa to prosper and for their not only be equitable political justice but also economic justice.
If you still consider yourself a leader then please act and take responsibility like one.
Agree to finish your appearance in front of the State Capture commission and equally you will have your days in court to contest the corruption charges alleged against you. . . Put the Nation first PEACE IN SOUTHAFRICA 🇿🇦🙏🏾#NAOMIAFRICA
The statement has not sat well with Jacob Zuma supporters who believe apartheid did not end in South Africa as the blacks still do not have access to land and opportunities.
Below are some of the comments on Instagram:
I’m not a Zuma fan or anything of that matter,but reading this leaves me with a lot of questions, she makes it sound like these riots where sanctioned by Zuma himself& as if SA was not brewing by its own self underneath,with poverty, inequality,economic exclusion etc
Naomi, I guess you missed the real interpretation about #SAns politically principles and ideologies that stems from the realities of which the downtrodden & marginalized endures. #ZumaArrest only ignited a ticking bomb that’s been looming since the inception of democracy.
We’re right in the middle of a pandemic. People are falling deep into the hole of poverty, we’re losing homes, dignity and our loved ones. The last thing I’m interested in is some retard who can’t even pronounce “Amandla” and posting rubbish