Naomi Campbell open lette

  • Naomi Campbell decided to wade into the murky waters of South African political discourse 
  • The recent unrest prompted her to write an open letter in which she reveals that South Africa is not the country she remembers 
  • Mzansi was divided over her open letter to former president Jacob Zuma 

Naomi Campbell waded into South Africa's political debate with an open letter to former president Jacob Zuma. South Africans either cheered her on or demonised her for daring to criticise a former statesman. The international supermodel said that South Africa is not the country she remembers with the recent unrest and Zuma's refusal to appear before the Zondo commission.

Dear Former President Jacob Zuma,

This isn’t the South Africa I remember and that millions of South African’s fought for. The South Africa that overcame Apartheid , showed the world that change was possible. Led the battle in the fight against HIV/AIDS and has weathered countless efforts to undermine the new South Africa.

I have watched how over the last few years you have protested your innocence at the allegations tabled against you of corruption and allowing mass State Capture.

I have seen you got out of your way to avoid having to deal with these matters in court and avoid a Commission setup to investigate State Capture.

You have talked of the rule of law and the South African constitution being something that should apply to everyone. Yet you defied the courts and were sentenced 15 months in prison.

Now upon your incarceration a group of protests under the #Freezuma banner broke out igniting the worst violence and criminality South Africa has seen since the end of apartheid.

These actions not only saw hundreds lose their lives and property be destroyed. But it affects will now be felt by many millions more

This affects the millions of hard working and peaceful South Africans many whom have suffered over the last year because of Covid.

Each day you defy the courts and stoke division you take a step backwards from Madiba’s vision for South Africa to prosper and for their not only be equitable political justice but also economic justice.

If you still consider yourself a leader then please act and take responsibility like one.

Agree to finish your appearance in front of the State Capture commission and equally you will have your days in court to contest the corruption charges alleged against you. . . Put the Nation first PEACE IN SOUTHAFRICA ❤️πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦πŸ™πŸΎ#NAOMIAFRICA

Social media users give their take on Campbell's letter to Zuma Read more

@SithaleKgaogelo: "Naomi Campbell has spoken nothing but the truth. Zuma has been a CURSE in this country! Truth be told, I stan a queen, amandala! ✊✊" 

@Witness_MK: "Naomi Campbell literally posted the truth. But ke Truth hurts "

 @wendz_Mmbengeni: "Naomi Campbell spoke nothing but the truth... She really hit a nerve on some people here, the truth hurts.

Not everyone was on Campbell's side and a number of people were furious with her

 @MelissaNe10: "Naomi Campbell has no clue that South Africans have long passed Madiba's fake democracy stage. SAns are now celebrating real heroes like Biko, Sobukwe & Hani while fighting real issues like landlessness, poverty & systematic discrimination."

 @TheRealPro7: "Naomi Campbell is the face of Charles Taylor blood diamonds. Would you trust such a person to give a lecture on morality?" 

@sephiritsikeli: "Naomi Campbell will not survive this. SA loves President Jacob Zuma. She was not well informed."