- The eThekwini Municipality thought it would be wise to share a 'funny' meme on their social media account
- However, instead of getting a laugh, the municipality received a ton of backlash
- Social media users slammed the municipality for being unprofessional
On Tuesday morning, the municipality shared a post about water wasters on their Facebook page, and it received a lot of criticism from social media users.
"Good Morning to everyone except those who waste water and those who don’t report water leaks via WhatsApp on 0731483477. You can go and get your Good morning from a high water bill. ~sm.", the post read.
South Africans were not impressed by the 'funny' post, and some even went as far as to accuse the municipality of being unprofessional.
Facebook users Roxanne Tarboton hit back, commenting, "Good morning to everyone except the Municipality to doesn't respond to above mentioned Whatsapp number or fix the craters in our roads but can come on Facebook and throw shade around like the unprofessional entity they really are."
Tarboton was not the only one who felt the post was inappropriate. Michelle Vermeulen commented that she found the post "very unprofessional"‚ but the municipality responded: "Thank you Michelle and we do value your opinion.", which social media users saw as arrogant.
"It certainly does not speak to the city's directive nor hope of being Africa's most liveable city. How on earth do you justify being so condescending to your ratepayers!", Meredith Haywood commented.
However, there were Facebook users who found the post funny and slammed the haters for lacking a sense of humour.
"So many people here don't know how digital marketing works. No wonder so many of us have to stick to boring archaic content because brands are afraid customers might be "shocked" or "offended". You guys make our jobs difficult.", Nwabisa Samkelisiwe Radebe.
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