- AfriForum deputy CEO, Ernst Roets, and poet, Ntsiki Mazwai, engaged in a tit-for-tat twitter battle on Wednesday
- Mazwai called for Roets to go back to Holland, while he responded that she should return to Cameroon
- This followed the accusations of AfriForum that MTN withdrew from the Afrikaans is Groot festival due to racism
A war of words started brewing between two very opinionated South African public figures on Wednesday.
Poet, Ntsiki Mazwai, took on AfriForum deputy CEO, Ernst Roets, in response to a seemingly innocuous tweet he shared.
The tweet that sparked the controversy was Roets’ statement: “AfriForum declares dispute with MTN over alleged racism.”
Mazwai took it upon herself to then pose the following question to Roets: “When are you going back to holland Ernest? I don’t get the sense that you’re welcome here. Respect yourself and go back home.”
Roets quickly hit back by asking, “When are you going back to Cameroon?”
A tit-for-tat battle then ensued with Roets eventually labelling Mazwai as racist.
After the dust had settled, Mazwai shared a tweet saying, “Don't you ever forget: WHITES LIE!!!!”
The Citizen reported that Roets’ initial tweet that started the debacle was in response to MTN’s decision to withdraw from sponsoring the Afrikaans is Groot festival.
It is believed that MTN’s decision was on the back of Steve Hofmeyr’s inclusion in the line-up of performers.
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