Masasa Mbangeni to Pearl Thusi’s rescue
Pearl Thusi found herself in hot soup with tweeps when she posted that she could never defend the killing of other African nationals in SA. In her words, “Defending borders drawn by colonizers will never be something I limit myself with #I AM AN AFRICAN,” she wrote.
Tweeps did not like that at all and dragged her for misunderstanding what they meant when they said #PutSouthAfricansFirst. Some even accused her of dating Nigerian men. Pearl refused to take back her statements. Masasa Mbangeni shared her experience with narrow minded South Africans as well. “I was dragged for filth for saying I’m going to Ghana to get my husband. Told that they’re dark like me so I must fuck off. I will never forget being in Tanzania and my brothers asking me ‘why are you killing us in SA Dada?’ and I couldn’t answer because even me I don’t know,” she tweeted. She said she had read the thread and found it appalling that they dragged her for having an alleged relationship with a Nigerian.
She went on to say, “Pearl said absolutely nothing wrong! Not a damn fucking wrong thing in her saying what she said. I repeat migration is as old as time! Only the original people, mostly killed/murdered now, can lay claim to being ‘pure South Africans. Everyone else siyi-Mix Andliwi.”
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters also said the hashtag #PutSouthAfricanFirst is narrow nationalism. “When you kill Zimbabweans, Nigerians and Mozambiquens her in South Africa you’re teaching the world that it is okay to kill black people,” he said. The hashtag #PutSouthAfricansFirst started after Mzansi heard that the Minerals Council reported that the government was discussing allowing foreign nationals to return to work at mines all over the country. And that the industry has asked for the return of 9500 workers from mainly Mozambique and Lesotho.
When the hashtag #PearlThusiMustFall started, Pearl tweeted, “I’m clearly not planning to fall so please redirect your efforts to #JusticeForNaledi.