The ANC Youth League recently found itself on the wrong side of Twitter after tweets that were said to be divisive.
In a series of tweets, the league tweeted a photo of leader Collen Maine, with the message: “The ANCYL wishes all matriculants of 2017 well in their final examination and hope they do their best.”
We call on all Principals across the country to give to give their last final support to all matriculants. pic.twitter.com/3kN2gXdiB8
— ANCYL (@ANCYLhq) October 23, 2017
The post was followed by a series of tweets, encouraging learners to “prepare for their examinations with extra ordinary commitment” to get better results than last year’s.
“We hope to see an increase in the pass rate of mathematics, physics, accounting and other critical skills subjects,” it said, further urging teachers to support the learners.
The league’s last message was criticised and called “unnecessary”.
“We wish all learners well particularly those who are indigenous South Africans,” it said, in a tweet that people demanded to be deleted.
“Please delete this tweet and rethink of a better message. We don’t need such negativity,” said one, while another wrote: “What the hell does that mean? So somebody is excluded from your well wishes. It boggles the mind, that from a 38-year-old ‘intellectual’.”
These were some of the comments on the post:
This can't be a real account. What a shitty message. Indigenous….complete bull
— Xolile Fikile Nhunhu Mthimkhulu (@xcaga) October 24, 2017
This sounds better; "WE WISH ALL SOUTH AFRICAN LEARNERS WELL"! How's that's?
— isaac thetswe (@isaacthetswe) October 24, 2017
….I think the ANCYL should refrain from getting involved with our matrics…..you dont even know the age of your leader…..????????????????
— JACK STRAP (@JACKSTRAP10) October 23, 2017
Wow can the ANC youth league sink any lower?!! this is the most stupid tweet I've ever seen!!!
— Thamie (@ThamiDaGreat) October 24, 2017
This will happen when grandfathers are youth leaders. What were you expecting from OROS
— Zodwa Bongo (@ZodwaBongo) October 24, 2017
What a crap message, why not just wish everyone well … with equal measure ?!
— Andrew Russell (@arussell1502) October 24, 2017
Their bio states that they are "commited to the creation of a united, non-racial, & non-sexist SA". Who else is seeing the irony here?
— Sakhumzi Zondile (@ZondileS) October 24, 2017
As an educator I am shocked that you lot discriminate amongst your constituency. Best of luck and Amandla to ALL our grade 12 learners. ????????✒????
— Lubna Nadvi (@LubnaNadvi) October 24, 2017
Indigenous South African students don't need such negative divisive shit.Nibadala kabi for such pic.twitter.com/Gdp8NqzWEX
— Dumi Gwebu Edits (@dumigwebu) October 24, 2017
Such a anticlimactic statement, but hey, all the best to them???? pic.twitter.com/kt2GTsGMPR
— Mr. Mmusi (@Its_Otee) October 24, 2017
— Ms. Africa ???? (@refilweafrica) October 23, 2017
what are you doing? pic.twitter.com/VQT52fH3Dj
— Nokuhle Kumalo | YouTuber ????✨ (@nokuhle_kumalo) October 24, 2017