- ANC shared a photo of an eldery woman being given a ANC shirt while sitting outside a shack
- Fikile Mbulula asked whether it was the shack or the shirt they had a problem with
- Social media had differing opinions, with many saying it wasn't the ANC's fault
South Africans recently reacted to a photo of an elderly woman living in a shack. In the photo, an ANC member is seen putting an ANC t-shirt on the woman.
After South Africans on social media reacted to the photo, Fikile Mbulula asked whether it was the t-shirt or the shack that bothered them.
Social media users shared what it was about the image that bothered them. Considering the responses, South Africans were more bothered by the ANC t-shirt than the shack, Briefly.co.za found.
While many users were quick to complain that the ANC should give her a house, healthcare, and water, many other users argued that the photo is decontextualised. They added that even if it weren’t, it is not necessarily the ANC’s fault that the woman is sitting by the shack.
Assuming that the elderly woman was impoverished and unable to decide for herself who to vote for, but instead blindly following the ANC and their empty promises, social media users commented that the image was heartbreaking.
They added that politicians only remember people when it comes to election time in an attempt to win votes.
Facebook users were particularly concerned that the shack does not look stable and safe to live in.
They added that the ANC should have given the gogo a key to a new house instead of just a t-shirt, begging the question whether or not a democracy wherein every member of the population has decent housing actually exists.
A number of users pointed out that there is a brick RDP house in the background of the image, with one user arguing that “people choose to be stupid” and lament about false promises.
Another user said the problem is the reporting of the whole event. He said he was an EFF supporter but he couldn’t even find fault with the image, writing that there is clearly an RDP wall behind the shack.
Proving his point, many social media users argued that in 25 years of ANC rule in South Africa, there are still people who live in shacks.
The question raised from this argument was how it would have been possible to build “8 wide-roomed houses for everybody” in the country in addition to fixing an economy based on mass consumption in a political system that excluded the majority of the population from being able to consume.
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