Twitter users slam #RedOctober movement causing racial tension

Twitter users slam #RedOctober movement causing racial tension

The Red October movement, which protests against the so-called “slaughter” and “oppression” of white South Africans by black South Africans, has caused a furore on Twitter.

The movement has become popular largely due to the support of Steve Hofmeyer, a South African Afrikaans singer.

A large number of Twitter users have slammed the movement and Hofmeyer for being racist, largely because the movement fails to acknowledge other race groups affected by the high murder rate in South Africa.

Earlier this year AfricaCheck released a report which indicated black South Africans are much more likely to fall victim to murder than white people.

The Red October march took place in Pretoria, and in Cape Town where protesters released red balloons at the parliament buildings.

Some of the protesters were sighted waving the flag associated with the old Transvaal province while others carried posters stating: “Stop white genocide in RSA (Republic of South Africa).”

According to a report by the Mail and Guardian (M&G), some protesters were also spotted with the controversial old South African flag.

Red October’s website features a petition, which states: “No longer will we be silent about the oppression of the white South African ethnic minority! No longer will we silently endure the killing of our people on our farms and in our towns and cities!”

The site also touched on service delivery issues. #RedOctober was trending in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, but not on general South African Twitter.

Here is what some Twitter users had to say:

Hofmeyer is seemingly unperturbed by the many Twitter users who accused him of being a racist. Hofmeyer tweeted:

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