South Africans Slam Akon For Making False Claims About Mzansi
US-based Senegalese artist Akon has recently made headlines for his controversial claims about South Africa. In an interview on the popular American YouTube podcast, Drink Champs, Akon claimed that the richest people in South Africa are black and that white people live in the poorest parts of the country. These statements have caused a stir on social media and have been called out by South African celebrities such as DJ Sbu and L-Tido.
Debunking Akon’s Claims
Akon’s claims appear to be similar to a 2016 article by the UK Mail Online, which reported that more than 400,000 white South Africans live in poverty. However, these claims were debunked by Kate Wilkinson, a senior researcher at Africa Check. In a 2018 article on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) website, Wilkinson wrote that the majority of South Africa’s population (people of color) is directly affected by poverty. According to the 2017/2018 report compiled by the SAHRC, 64% of blacks, 41% of coloreds, 6% of Indians, and 1% of whites in South Africa are living in poverty.
South African Celebrities React to Akon’s Claims
Akon out here lying about our country pic.twitter.com/xjLoUp61Mu
— 16V (@L_Tido) July 18, 2023
A clip of Akon’s interview was shared by rapper and podcaster L-Tido, who wrote: “Akon out here lying about our country.” Businessman, musician, and podcaster DJ Sbu also called out Akon for his statements, saying: “My brother @Akon lying on such a big platform unprovoked.” Other social media users also expressed their disbelief at Akon’s claims, with one user writing: “One visit to Tbo Touch’s house and he thinks all of us live like him.”
Akon’s Previous Controversial Statements About South Africa
This is not the first time that Akon has made controversial statements about South Africa. In October last year, he ruffled feathers when he said that white people in South Africa were being oppressed and lived in more poverty than black people. These claims were met with skepticism and disbelief from many South Africans.
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