Backlash to Maimane's 'destroy racism' #coffincase tweet

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane’s contribution to the #coffincase debate over two white men who assaulted a black man and put him in a coffin received a mostly disapproving response from fellow Twitter users on Wednesday.

“Waiting for the two #coffincase people who act in despicable manner against the South Africa we ought to build. Racism must be destroyed‚” Maimane tweeted.

Maimane was commenting on the case of Willem Oostheizen and Theo Martins Jackson‚ who had been charged with assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The man abandoned their bail application at the Middleburg Magistrates Court and will appear in court in January next year.

Maimane posted the tweet along with a picture of three men carrying rocks after the men’s appearance.

>https://twitter.com/MmusiMaimane/status/798851184987488261

His tweet prompted a chorus of disapproval.

“But is this also not a form of inciting violence? #CoffinCourtCase‚” asked Nesane Ace Mashudu.

>https://twitter.com/Acemashudu/status/798873914592153600

Nic Haralambous had this warning for Maimane: “Careful. Hatred and violence won’t be overcome with more hatred an violence.”

>https://twitter.com/nicharry/status/798851684663316485

Another user‚ Gavin Preller‚ also warned against mob justice and anarchy. “I understand the anger however we cannot allow for mob justice and anarchy‚” he tweeted.

>https://twitter.com/gpreller/status/798853204561670144

Andre J Collins said: “And so should mob justice! You are very disappointing for and opposition leader posting this.”

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