- Nomzamo Mbatha and Bonang Matheba decided to tweet their disdain for a government decision about closing nightclubs
- The two stars took to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the police decision to shut down clubs that had violated Covid restrictions
- Tweeps had opinions as they felt the celebs were only being vocal because one of the clubs, Black Door, is owned by their wealthy friends
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Nomzamo Mbatha and Bonang Matheba caused a stir on Twitter after voicing their disapproval of police closing down clubs that had violated Covid rules. The two celebrities said that police were not focused enough on issues like gender-based violence and rather focus on less important things like closing clubs.
Their tweets came after reports of multiple clubs being closed by police came to light. The clubs were being held accountable for not adhering to Covid regulations like masks, patron capacity and curfew times.
One of the clubs that police reportedly did manage to close down was Black Door, a club owned by two of Bonang's friends. Tweeps then accused Nomzamo and Bonang of only being vocal on the issue because their wealthy buddies were involved.
Tweeps responded with balance to both Nomzamo and Bonang, saying that the issues were not mutually exclusive. Many took issue with the fact that the celebs were speaking out specifically after a club owned by one of their friends was raided for breaking Covid rules.
Some accused the two stars of selective activism, saying they need not bring the club raids into the discussion when speaking about systemic failings of combatting gender-based violence and human trafficking.
MEC Faith Mazibuko responded to the tweets of both Bonang and Nomzamo, saying that the two celebs have enough of a platform to speak out against human trafficking at any time and not just to bring it up when talking about a nightclub raid.
Briefly.co.za reported on the South African Police Service dealing with establishments that were not adhering to Covid restrictions whilst hosting social gatherings.
There is a growing concern that the party scene in South Africa might cause a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic. After Black Door Lounge was shut down in Sandton by Bheki Cele and the SAPS, it has been noted that there are other places that are operating past the midnight curfew and filled past capacity.
According to a video making the rounds on social media, a shisanyama in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria had hundreds of people partying with no face masks on. This was also the case at a venue in Johannesburg called Altitude Beach, showing young people taking part in irresponsible behaviour.
Universities South Africa (USAF) expressed that they had a concern for reckless student behaviour since the lockdown in South Africa had been relaxed.
"There are reports of students mingling recklessly, throwing parties within residences and visiting nightclubs with not much regard for the safety protocols,” they said in a statement.
Superintendent Parboo Sewpersad from the Durban metro police said that students were not following the lockdown regulations that are put in place. He said:
"You find groups of students gathering outside their accommodation, smoking and drinking — not a mask in sight.”
Professor Salim Abdool Karim, co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee has said that moving back to a higher level of lockdown was not on the cards but could happen as a last resort. He said that South Africans were not following the appropriate safety measures and he is concerned about the travel in December.
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