Actress Kate Henshaw has come under heavy criticism on social media for suggesting that violent attacks on Nigerians in Johannesburg are self-inflicted.
The re-emergence of xenophobic attacks in South Africa has been hotly debated in Nigeria this week. It’s been trending on social media, wit many Nigerian users calling for a boycott of South African businesses.
Dozens of people were arrested on Monday after rioters looted shops and torched vehicles.
Reacting to the widely condemned violence, Ms Henshaw wrote “We are responsible for how people treat us” on Twitter.
We are responsible for how people treat us…
— Kate Henshaw (@HenshawKate) September 3, 2019
But, not everyone sides with her as the comment has sparked outrage among Nigerians on Twitter.
“Such an insensitive opinion… It’s disheartening to know this is coming from you…” one Twitter user wrote.
Such an insensitive opinion… It’s disheartening to know this is coming from you…
— OluwaSeyi (@Dapower_s) September 3, 2019
Does this apply to rape and sexual assault victims, Kate?
Sometimes you should just keep quiet.
— Maximus (@Santoboria) September 3, 2019
This is such a wrong time to Tweet this!!! As a public Figure, it’s a Public embarrassment. … Tueh!!
— Mordah🗣 (@OfficialRhaffy) September 3, 2019
Yes we are, until such events are out of our immediate control. Are the Nigerians being killed and looted criminals, are they crooks who have really plundered SA into economic loss? If not, then they are not responsible for how they are being treated right now. This is insane.
— Olóyè (@OluniyiGates) September 3, 2019
Big Aunt @HenshawKate that's true, but this one is too far. After what we did for them? There's no justifiable reason for this madness even if we hate ourselves with so much disdain.
— Nwafor O. Victory Jb (@novjb) September 3, 2019
I choose to disagree.
humans are unpredictable, have you ever done good, treated someone with love only to receive the worst treatment any human being could take from the same person you gave love and care?
— NAL🌹🍀🌻 (@NALmotives) September 3, 2019
“How people treat us “ not “how people kill us” no one deserves to be burnt alive 😩
— falako omotoyosi (@_toyman) September 3, 2019