SA Lauds Siphiwe Tshabalala for Supporting Informal Traders, He Tells Briefly News He Even Buys Them Stock

SA Lauds Siphiwe Tshabalala for Supporting Informal Traders, He Tells Briefly News He Even Buys Them Stock

  • The nation stood up against a Facebooker that trolled soccer legend Siphiwe Tshabalala for buying from a local vendor
  • Tshabalala was seen purchasing a packet of magwinya from an informal trader, and the caption claimed he was living a low life
  • Netizens defended the player from the post and congratulated him for supporting local small businesses
  • Shabba told Briefly News that he's passionate about informal traders

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Siphiwe Tshabalala supports small businesses
Mzansi came out to support Siphiwe Tshabalala after being called a lowlife. Image: @siphiweshabba
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South Africans slammed a man for accusing former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala of living a low life.

This was after a picture of the legendary soccer player surfaced of him supporting a street vendor selling magwinya.

Netizens called the man out for what many believe to be a careless and inconsiderate post.

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Shabba supports small businesses; man calls him lowlife

The former Bafana Bafana was snapped buying magwinya from the street vendor. The cheerful legend smiles as he buys one of the country’s favourite food. The vendor has a smile more massive than someone who won the lotto because she is standing in the presence of a great and humble football legend.

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However, Chief O’Jay’s caption on the Facebook post took a shot at Tshabalala in a negative manner. His caption read:

“Tshabalala (is) still living a lowlife even after having a successful career in football.”

Tshabalala has trended in the past for buying various food from informal traders. He has been snapped for buying vegetables from informal traders.

Tshabalala tells Briefly News why he supports informal traders

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Shabba opened up to Briefly News on why he supports informal traders.

"I'm from Ekasi, so I know the streets. I know those old women and men selling, their sacrifices to be there, and the little they get to do with that money. most of them take their kids to school. They put food on the table and live hand-to-mouth. I learned over the years to share, and sometimes I overdo it, but when I go to bed, I feel fulfilled because I helped someone.
"I started supporting them long ago. whenever I buy, they wouldn't believe that I'm supporting them and ask me to take a picture of them, and I do so to give them some marketing. Sometimes I help them with money for stock, and I tell them to reinvest in the business with the profit so that one day they might be able to buy a container and eventually upgrade to a supermarket," he said.

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Mzansi stands up for Shabba

Netizens trashed the man’s caption and flocked to defend the soccer player.

Mello Phss said:

“Supporting local black business doesn’t mean you’re living a lowlife.”

Richard Welliala remarked:

“What is low there? The only difference is that he is buying directly from the owner. And that’s high life to buy directly from the owner because you can negotiate the price.”

Uncle Gee RSA called him out.

“It ain’t lowlife, Jay. You’re wrong, bruh. Buying from vendors doesn’t mean that you’re broke. He could have bought what he bought in town, but he didn’t. Instead, he visited the hood.”

Jacobe Maripane added:

“This is quality life. Supporting small businesses is not low life.”

Tumi Direro stood up for Shabba.

“Supporting small businesses is not being a low life. These entrepreneurs wake very early to prepare these meals and travel to a point of convenience for us to get the meals fresh and clean. That is professionalism to me. Well done, Shabba, for supporting these businesses.”

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Fan writes Shabba a beautiful letter gushing over him

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that a man from China gushed over how deeply he loved Siphiwe Tshabalala in a beautiful fan letter.

The fan apologised for his English and expressed how he is always excited for him whenever he sees Tshabalala grow.

Tshabalala remarked that this is one of his favourite things about playing soccer.

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