President Cyril Ramaphosa received backlash after a letter of notice from the African National Congress (ANC) was leaked on social media.
As reported by Times Live, the letter was allegedly sent to a media WhatsApp group on Wednesday.
However, it seems that recipients of the letter took issue with its heading, which read: ANC President in conversation with our white counterparts.
The president’s supposed engagement with these ‘white’ counterparts was meant to take place under the theme: Building Bridges.
Cyril Ramaphosa courts Afrikaners in Sandton
The dialogue took place in Sandton and was largely attended by Afrikaners. The president conceded to a lot of the woes the ruling party has faced in the recent past and made promises to uplift the country out of the slump it is reeling in.
As usual, he was well received but in the digital sphere, Ramaphosa’s name was being trampled on.
Outrage over ANC divisive choice of words
DA leader, Mmusi Maimane was one of the first political leaders to lash out at Ramaphosa for using divisiveness to drive his party’s election agenda.
"White counterparts" really Mr President?
Why are you determined to divide us along the basis of race? This thinking belongs in the past and is an insult to the mission of building a truly non-racial #OneSAforAll.
It proves how you're out of touch with what it requires. pic.twitter.com/2dZHopsMu0
— Mmusi Maimane (@MmusiMaimane) April 4, 2019
The main issue of contention for the opposition leader was the president’s use of race to distinguish between the groups of people he supposedly engaged with.
Another user offered an alternative point of view, removing Ramaphosa as the one who ought to bear the brunt of all the ridicule.
As a white counterpart of the President, I feel dreadful for him. Honestly. He does not type this crap and he has no idea what is sent out and such.
Whoever is supposed to be looking after this campaign and the Pres himself, is making such a mess. Send me. I will assist.
— Post-truth politics will kill us all 👥 (@populistmorons) April 3, 2019
The Twitter user stated that it may be that the president has no oversight over the media press information that is being released on his campaign activities.
Solid point. Unfortunately, this sentiment was not shared by many.