South African celebrities have started the Zimbabweans Lives Matter movement to cause their government to intervene in the Zimbabwe crisis as local artists have been castigated for not supporting citizens in their quest for freedom.
Celebrities such as AKA and Zakes Bantwini have spoken against the ‘Mnangagwa Military Regime’ and have called Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene to ensure an end to abductions and abuse of Zimbabweans.
Cassper Nyovest tweeted the hashtag #ZimbabweanLivesMatter
Musician Khaya Mthethwa posted, “#ZimbabweanLivesMatter I am disgusted at how Africans treat Africans! How can we ever be respected if we can’t respect our own!”
Another celebrity Zakes Bantwini posted, “With so much against us already as Black Africans all we got is each other let’s not be against one another #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.”
South African hip hop artist L Tido has shown is support for Zimbabweans.
“What’s happening in Zimbabwe rite now is horrifying . People’s human rights are being violated. They are getting beaten , arrested and killed for speaking out against the government. We as africans need to stand together against injustice #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.”
Award winning rapper AKA is encouraging South Africans to sign a petition to restore freedom of speech in Zimbabwe.
A writer in South Africa Jamie Mighti has called South African government not to turn a blind eye on Zimbabwe, “It is time to stop turning a blind eye to what is going on in Zimbabwe, where the government has shown over and over that it is violent and willing to do anything to stay in power.”
Others are labeling Zimbabweans as cowards. “Imagine being held at ransom by such Security forces for 40 years, no man Zimbabweans are Cowards. It is given in a revolution people will be arrested and killed but the struggle must continue. Harare is supposed to be burning as we speak #ZimbabweanLivesMatter.”
South Africa opposition leader Mmusi Maimane has continued to show his support for freesom of speech and expression in Zimbabwe, “Dear @Twitter please make a graphic for this hashtag. #ZimbabweanLivesMatter. I think it deserves recognition in the same way that #BlackLivesMatter has a graphic. @jack can you make something happen.
Meanwhile Jah Prayzah has been dragged by his fans for not supporting the citizens movement.