Demonstrators protest against South African President Jacob Zuma's firing of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, outside Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, March 31, 2017.
PRETORIA - Civil rights groups, motivated by the controversial cabinet reshuffle, called on South Africans to wear black on Monday 3 April and to march in protest.
But on various social media platforms the campaign for Black Monday seems to have created more racial divisions than support.
While many have shared the message of Black Monday, as of Monday morning, the campaign seemed to not have had the desired effect.
The #BlackMonday website created by the self-proclaimed “ordinary concerned citizens of this nation" stated: The time has come for all of us to unite behind the values enshrined in our Constitution.
That there is a duty on all of us to uphold and protect these values by holding our government accountable to their Constitutional mandate.
We wish to dispel the myth that these irrational actions have and will contribute to our economy.
We can no longer be passive. Let us start the change we wish to see in our beloved country, and save the legacy that Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and liberation leaders fought for.
This was twitters reaction:
#BlackMonday is a protest to make sure SA economy remains in the hands of the west— Y A N D A (@Mzi_realShort) April 3, 2017
explain how is the west a better criminal than guptas?
Dear #Blackmonday people. Blacks protest everyday in this country with no help. If you feel the need to toyitoyi go ahead on you own.— shadow carry (@ShadowCarry) April 3, 2017
So we can protest together against the ANC, but when we march for free education we hooligans? #Blackmonday— Intellectual Hoodrat (@purelycas) April 3, 2017
Boycotting #blackmonday. Will never protest/ support people who call us barbarians & then turn around and want our numbers at their protests— yolie-- (@YolieMxx) April 3, 2017