Moyo sparks Twitter backlash over Rand falling remark

JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe’s poison-tongued cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo has sparked a patriotic Mexican Wave on Twitter by gloating over the fall of the rand on Twitter.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was reported recently as having banned his cabinet from using social media, apparently because of former information minister Moyo’s Twitter attacks on his internal rivals.

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But Moyo has continued to tweet freely and on Thursday he tweeted that: “After SA lost position as Africa’s largest economy to Nigeria, Rand is now falling like any other African currency!”

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That was too much for many of even his own Zimbabweans and certainly for many more South Africans, including Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela who tweeted that diplomacy prevented him from responding directly but appealed to his compatriots to come to his aid.

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Which they did, in droves. To help them do so, he created the hashtag #SomeoneTellProfMoyo which scores of tweeters quickly did, turning the hashtag into a trending topic on Twitter within hours.

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Most of the tweets observed the obvious effrontery of Moyo chortling about the rand when Zimbabwe’s own dollar disappeared into the stratosphere seven years ago after its exchange rate to the US dollar ran into the trillions. Zimbabwe now uses the US dollar, the South African rand and other foreign currencies as tender.

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Monyela retweeted some of the best of the responses to Moyo including SomeoneTellProfMoyo “@De_Imperial: I see the Prof, north of Limpopo, has touched SAfricans on their studio. How is the Zim dollar doing?”

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Monyela even whipped up the patriotic indignation and fervour an extra notch by creating a new hashtag “#WeAreSouthAfrica” which he inserted into a series of Tweets, like “#SomeoneTellProfMoyo The rand will bounce back because….#WeAreSouthAfrica “- with a spectacular aerial picture of Cape Town, including the World Cup stadium.

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#SomeoneTellProfMoyo he has inadvertently transformed the falling rand from a national embarrassment into a patriotic rallying cry.

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– Africa News Agency

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