Friday, 3 July 2020, began like every other day for Xhosa singer Simphiwe Dana on Twitter. She appeared in a light mood at first, tweeting about her love for the luxury brand Prada. And then the topic swerved, leaving some fans wondering what caused the change, and others just following quietly.
In one of her tweets, she stated that if she wasn’t a single parent, she would be a millionaire. Well, she is both at the moment – according to her admission. And yes, more Prada wouldn’t hurt her wardrobe right now.
And then she had shared her thought on the late Uyinene Mrwetyana, a 19-yar-old South African student of the University of Cape Town who was raped and then murdered in Claremont, Cape Town. Her torture and death sparked outrage at the time.
Based on her tweet on Friday, it was clear Simphiwe Dana was yet to get over the shock of the teenager’s death and her own anger with gender-based violence. She said the teenager’s death broke her heart, and expressed the wish her rapist rots in jail.
She then turned to men generally, stating that they should be on her side. Women are dying at the hands of men, and this has got to stop.
She accused South African men of being weak, violent on women yet trying to elicit sympathy for their actions and blaming their idiocy on women. Her take on gender-based violence has sparked an interesting debate on Twitter, and it is still ongoing.
The full thread of the debate is available on Simphiwe Dana’s Twitter timeline. Here, however, we bring you some highlights (screenshots) from her rants. You gotta check them out.
Do you agree with Simphiwe Dana that South African men are weak? You might wish to join the conversation by dropping your thoughts in the comment section below.