Former South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni has claimed that “desperate” Zimbabweans are begging at street corners in South Africa.
“It saddens me every day to see destitute Zimbabweans begging on our street corners. Let like-minded people help,” Mboweni tweeted.
“Let us create a Zimbabwe Solidarity Movement to help our people. I volunteer to co-ordinate a solidarity program,” the former bank chief said, adding that he would “seed” R10 000.
Tweeted Raphael Goredema: “The initiative is commendable but it is a bit (of an) exaggeration to say all those who beg at street corners are Zimbos!”
Several asked why money couldn’t be raised for South Africans in need, with @AgneKwena saying: “What about South Africans who are In the same situation?”
There were also concerns expressed over why no-one in the South African government is willing to speak out against what is happening in Zimbabwe, where longtime president Robert Mugabe’s government is trying to quash a wave of protests triggered by corruption, poverty and a growing economic crisis.