Hlomla Dandala (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo)
Actor Hlomla Dandala is getting major backlash for being
xenophobic from the twitter community following a since-deleted tweet in which he
called out South Africans as having lost to foreign nationals.
The tweet has since sparked an ongoing discussion that saw
Hlomla being called hateful and xenophobic towards foreign nationals - Nigerians
and Zimbabweans in particular.
“Driving through Yeoville and Hillbrow reminds one of how
much we’ve lost to foreign African nationals. Call it xenophobia all you like
but truth is truth,” he tweeted.
Hlomla came out to say he has nothing against foreign
nationals but pointed out that he had a problem with the crime that
subsequently moved into the areas of Johannesburg that he claims are inhabited
by foreign nationals, specifically Nigerians and Zimbabweans.
The growing conversation around the controversial tweet had celebs
such as actress Pamela Nomvete voice out their opinion with regards to the
“So your sentiment is not a healthy one because it breeds
this sense of negating our humanity. You attack foreigners at home your people
are being attacked as foreigners elsewhere. Respect, tolerance and respect for
all human dignity. Not misguided prejudice,” Pamela tweeted.
The Lockdown actress also referred to Hlomla’s tweet as a
“dangerous way of thinking”
Although many kept criticizing Hlomla for being xenophobic,
he explained in a long thread how his tweet was misunderstood.
Take a look at Hlomla’s thread below.