Social media users have labelled Bonnie Mbuli a bully after the actress accused Sho Madjozi of not writing her own reflections on the recent violent unrest in Johannesburg CBD.
On Sunday, 8 September 2019, the names of rapper, Sho Madjozi, and actress, Bonnie Mbuli, trended on social media after the latter made inflammatory statements which were allegedly directed at Sho Madjozi. On Tuesday, 3 September 2019, Sho Madjozi posted a thread reflecting on the reasons behind the recent violent unrest in Johannesburg CBD. The thread earned her the respect of social media users, with many commending her for her perspective on the cause of the unrest.
Actress, Bonnie Mbuli, then took to Twitter on Saturday, 7 September 2019, in since-deleted tweets, to accuse the Limpopo Champions League rapper of not writing the thread herself. In her tweet she stated, “What about the fact that these are not your words.” Bonnie posted the comment with a gif of a clown. She continued to add that, “It’s so obvious when your mainstream favourite [artists] are tweeting think threads written by their PR teams.”
Social media reacted to her post by lambasting the former Afternoon Express host. One of the comments read, “Imagine trending at number one as a mature black South African woman for bullying a young black South African woman that happened to have tweeted relevant content regarding the state of our nation! This during a bloody week for black South African women!”
Many labelled Bonnie Mbuli a social media bully. However, Sho Madjozi, in her responses to the accusations, took the high road. Her first reply was to list her educational background, stating, “You have to reflect on why you think a young African woman can’t write for herself. Don’t know if it’s internalized racism, sexism or what? I have a degree in African Studies and Creative Writing, but also you don’t know me so this is very weird.”
Bonnie Mbuli has since deactivated her Twitter account, following the continued social media backlash.
You have to reflect on why you think a young African woman can’t write for herself. Don’t know if it’s internalized racism sexism or what? I have a degree in African studies and creative writing, and also you don’t know me, so this is very weird.
— What a Life (@ShoMadjozi) September 7, 2019