Mmusi Maimane - during the week a political figure and on weekends a lobola negotiator. The DA leader shared on social media that he successfully negotiated lobola for a family and it led to an intense Twitter discussion.
Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, negotiated lobola for a family over the weekend and shared the experience on social media.
This led to comments that varied from a hot debate about whether or not Mmusi is trying to be black to good wishes to the family.
Freedom of speech is a good thing - people can voice their own unique opinions and that's exactly what they did.
Mmusi insisted that he wasn't trying to be black - he just is. Perhaps, in the end, all that matters is that Mmusi enjoyed the experience and the family was satisfied and happy.
Here are some snippets of the comments to Mmusi's post on social media:
Oh! Poor Mmusi trying hard to be ‘black’. Maimane blackness pursuit is foreign to me.Umuqombothi is definitely not in my definition. Mine features one of the earliest Ethiopian philosophers, Zera Yacob & Amilcar Cabral, a deep thinker living ahead of his time.
Here is the thing, I’m not pursuing blackness, I just am. I’m not pursuing being AFRICAN, I just am. If you are still pursuing, perhaps you can tell us, what you are now? The effort to subjectively determine what it is to be black, is the very tool those who oppress, use.
@janmakatan 4h4 hours ago
Well said Sir , the moment colour does not matter, it is then when our beautiful country will take a step into the future!
@MmusiMaimane I believe we as Africans especially blacks should stop this lobola thing. We can deny all we want but Lobola is a transaction, our sisters, aunts and mothers were sold in the name of Lobola, and due to this men get the entitlement over the women & abuse kicks in
As a white guy I will be accused of not "having a say in black culture" but I tend to agree. I think it's important to remember and pay homage to our individual cultural histories but that they should also modernise. I think Lobola should be about ceremony not money/purchase.
I too, like my friend @osipuka , am a successful ilobolo negotiator. It’s good to have things we can agree upon as South Africans. Best wishes to the new family.
Lol black people and their obsession with "white people's jacket" . Amazing. There's no respect linked to a jacket bethuna. Besides we don't know if the man of the house didn't show acceptance by asking the visitors to take of the jackets so to feel at home.
And it differs from families to families, culture to culture.
No no jacket is must mama
First of all that family disrespected you by giving you umqombothi kwimeyila instead of ukhamba
Number 2 you are disrespectful where was your f*cken coat!!...ibhantshi
And hlukana namashethi kaMandela
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