- A Twitter post surfaced showing an unknown DA member handling unpackaged bread with bare hands
- The post was shared by Zwelinzima Vavi, general-secretary of SAFTU who criticized the DA member for being unhygienic
- The post received a mixed response with some calling out Herman Mashaba for being hypocritical after he recently made a citizens arrest for similar circumstances
A member of the Democratic Alliance has received backlash when a picture emerged of him handing out bread to the poor in what some have dubbed “ unhygienic” circumstances. The photo was shared by SAFTU general- secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi on Twitter with the caption “ Why not cover the bread at least! What about their hygiene?”
The Citizen reported that Twitter users have been calling on Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba to deal with the “unhygienic” member.
The comment created a rift on social media, with some supporting Vavi and criticising the DA for using the poor as a PR stunt and others pointing out that the DA was trying to do something positive.
People accused Herman Mashaba of being a hypocrite following an incident recently where the police were called on a vendor pushing a trolley of sheep heads down the road on the grounds of it being a health risk.
Mullan43 wrote: “HermanMashaba did a citizen arrest a week or so ago going on about health risk. Now look @Our_DA doing the same. Giving our people uncovered bread. The message here is that if it comes from racist party there are no Healy risks…Shame on you @Our_DA and @HermanMashaba.”
On the other hand, people criticised Vavi and asked what he had done for the poor.
One Twitter user, Kgadi Moruno wrote: “At least they tried, than many leaders that knows only to talk talk talk and blame. People are hungry outside! They don’t even care about plastics,” while Ratthew said: “And when they wear gloves, you say ‘why you afraid of poor people’. There really is no winning with you lot. (And ‘you lot’ means people who are threatened by non-racialism, because it disempowers you).”
Mcebisi Makhetha’s opinion was that Vavi was trying to “ divide” the national by belittling someone who was trying to help the needy.
“Any leadership that thrives on the differences of its nation, that leadership will not stand. The politicians want us to hate each other and then abuse us. It’s more [like] life – divide and rule,” he said.
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