Influencers spark fierce xenophobia debate online: #SayNoToXeno

Influencers spark fierce xenophobia debate online: #SayNoToXeno

- A fierce debate regarding a hashtag and what it stands for has been sparked on Twitter

- According to some South African tweeps the #SayNoToXeno is being pushed by influencers who were allegedly paid to promote it

- The same Saffas who are against the hashtag have been promoting others such as "#PutSouthAfricaFirst" and "#ForeignersLeaveSA"

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A fierce debate about xenophobia in South Africa has been sparked on Twitter. According to a few tweeps, many influencers were allegedly paid to promote the hashtag #SayNoToXeno. Although there is no substantial evidence to back this, many Saffas agree.

The suspicions of many who are against the hashtag are that influencers with a substantial number of followers are being paid to push it. Many are now trying to push the "#PutSouthAfricaFirst" and "#ForeignersLeaveSA" hashtags.

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Xenophobia has been an issue within the country for many years with reports of foreign nationals facing terror and harm simply for not being South African.

Influencers spark fierce xenophobia debate: #SayNoToXeno
Shops in and around various parts of Johannesburg were previously looted and set alight, most of which were owned by foreign nationals. Source: Alon Skuy / Sowetan / Gallo Images via Getty Images
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This is just one of the many tweets claiming that the influencers were paid to push the #SayNoToXeno hashtag.

According to a second tweet by @Kgalekgale, below is one of the tweets that are allegedly one of the 'paid-to-promote' tweets:

@khuzimpi007 wrote about the influencers:

"These paid influencers are now trying to discredit the #PutSouthAfricaFirst movement understand the word xenophobia shall no longer bully us SAns we will be heard, SAns are the First Class citizens of this Country. #saynotoxeno."

In other important news, recently reported on Herman Mashaba being furious over clips of illegal immigrants that surfaced online. Shepherd and Mary Bushiris' escape out of South Africa and back to Malawi has been dominating headlines this week.

In the wake of this news, citizens have been sharing clips of how foreign nationals illegally flood into South Africa through evidently porous borders. Shocking incidents where large groups of people are witnessed catching taxis to unknown destinations has invoked fury in many.

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With the South African government seemingly finding it difficult to make ends meet and provide adequate healthcare and education to citizens, the idea of stretching these resources to accommodate those in the country illegally is far from appealing.

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has reacted to a clip allegedly of Zimbabwean nationals crossing into SA with anger:

"If you can carry a mattress over the border this easily, imagine how easy it is to carry drugs and counterfeit goods over the border. Our country is turning into a joke!"

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