Celebrity and media personality Tbo Touch received a lot of resilience following his recent social media comments about immigrants crossing the South African borders illegally, the 19th of November, on Twitter.
The masses at large bombarded the social media platform after he commented on a video post by which the prime time news anchor Cathy Mohlahlana, of Newzroom Afrika posted, revealing how many immigrants entered the country illegally.
The video clearly shows how a small group of people emerged from the bushes, running towards minibuses parked by the side of the road.
One of the listeners on SAfm sent us this video taken near the Komatipoort border post, of people crossing the border illegally into SA. pic.twitter.com/YzhHiGcqS2— Cathy Mohlahlana (@CathyMohlahlana) November 19, 2020
Tbo Touch came across the post, and shared his view, in his response to Mohlahlana, he wrote: “Cathy, we have Home Affairs throwing toys all over the place on #Bushiri when they know we have open borders. There are 4,5million illegal immigrants in SA with no finger prints, valid identity at all.”
See his response below:
Cathy, we have Home Affairs throwing toys all over the place on #Bushiri when they know we have open borders. There are 4,5million illegal immigrants in SA with no finger prints, valid identity at all. https://t.co/NURNaijqnk— Tbo Touch (@iamtbotouch) November 19, 2020
After his response, the masses took to the platform, describing and labelling the media personality as “Xenophobic”, whilst a few applauded at him, by noting that the South African Government is not doing enough to protect it`s citizens by handling the borders issue. Tbo Touch then reacted once more, highlighting what had occurred with him and his wife Nandi Molefe during a terrible robbery incident.
Those who say I’m Xenophobic can all jump. I’ve been robbed Gun-point with Thuli on her 3 trimester almost sustained a miscarriage and for 3 years I was told by @SAPoliceService forensic they have too many similar cases committed by untraceable foreign criminals https://t.co/Ue0wDh886p— Tbo Touch (@iamtbotouch) November 19, 2020
Furthermore, the star tweeted that we should not misinterpret Xenophobia and Patriotism. In this tweet, he paints a clear distinction of what his action against the initial tweet means and that everybody must be proud of their nationality!
Can we please not misinterpret Xenophobia & Patriotism. Being Pro-South African don’t mean you’re Xenophobic. Everybody must be proud of their nationality! The highest office in society is citizenship. 🇿🇦— Tbo Touch (@iamtbotouch) November 19, 2020
Has the conversation on Twitter sparked a sense of division and a perception that Africans will not get along?
Will this conversation be ongoing? Will something be done to protect the borders of South Africa and bring people together peacefully sorting out any woes that this very continent is facing?