- Former DA leader Mmusi Maimane has taken to social media to ask Trevor Noah to make Zimbabwe's cries heard
- The country's citizens have allegedly been suffering under the Zanu PF regime
- South Africa social media users had mixed responses to Maimane's recommendations
Mmusi Maimane has called on South African-born comedian Trevor Noah to speak out against the situation unfolding in Zimbabwe. The former DA leader believes that Noah's international platform is what is needed to alert the world about the plight of our neighbouring country.
Maimane took to social media and sent a tweet to comedian Trevor Noah. He implored the comedian to not turn a blind eye on the suffering of fellow Africans. The politician posted a lengthy message which read:
"Eita @Trevornoah can we find a way to bring global attention to the human rights abuses in Africa. The attacks on black lives in our neighbourhood which need global solidarity. A burning topic right now is the arrests of journalists and activists in Zimbabwe #ZimbabweanLivesMatter."
Twitter users had mixed responses to Maimane's call. Twitter user LeaTayla said:
"We appreciate @MmusiMaimane and other South Africans’ solidarity."
"Why can't we strive to fix our own problems? If you are elected SA President you'd run to global leaders rather than work with African leaders to fix African problems."
"Maimane hlukana ne ndabazabantu, we have our problems here at home which mostly are caused by Zimbabweans. So if you can focus on rebuilding rail infrastructure, job creation, border security, fraud, crime, human traffickers and many other things. Start here."
"This Zimbabwean issue doesn't need western countries. It's very simple, African countries should send troops there to stabilise things and allow Zimbabweans to choose their leaders and make sure the elections are not rigged. After that African companies go there and invest."
Some social media users have felt that President Cyril Ramaphosa has turned a blind eye to the suffering of Zimbabweans. They further argued that Trevor Noah was also ignoring the issue due to his strong relationship with Ramaphosa. Twitter user mmalakotse said:
"Why is Cyril Ramaphosa so mum on the issues of Zimbabwe? I thought he is the AU chair."
"Trevor wouldn't dare speak ill of Mnangangwa and Ramaphosa until his funders says so, otherwise what happened to you will happen to him too."
"All I know is that Trevor Noah will never make any jokes about Cilili Cyril Ramaphosa."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that AKA took to social media to show his support to Zimbabweans who are going through the most following recent political tensions in their country.
The rapper urged his fans to spread awareness about what Zimbabweans are reportedly subjected to in their country on a daily basis.
This is after some of them took to social media using the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter to voice their anger about their rights being violated, allegedly by their own government.
Mzansi musician Zakes Bantwini also used Twitter to spread awareness about the alleged oppression that Zimbabweans are living under.
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