DJ Sbu and L-Tido Slam Akon After Controversial Claims About South Africa
US-based Senegalese artist Akon has recently made headlines for his controversial claims about South Africa. In an interview on the popular American YouTube podcast, Drink Champs, Akon claimed that the richest people in South Africa are black and that white people live in the poorest parts of the country. These statements have caused a stir on social media and have been called out by South African celebrities such as DJ Sbu and L-Tido.
Debunking Akon’s Claims
Akon’s claims appear to be similar to a 2016 article by the UK Mail Online, which reported that more than 400,000 white South Africans live in poverty. However, these claims were debunked by Kate Wilkinson, a senior researcher at Africa Check. In a 2018 article on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) website, Wilkinson wrote that the majority of South Africa’s population (people of color) is directly affected by poverty. According to the 2017/2018 report compiled by the SAHRC, 64% of blacks, 41% of coloreds, 6% of Indians, and 1% of whites in South Africa are living in poverty.
South Africans React to Akon’s Claims
Akon out here lying about our country pic.twitter.com/xjLoUp61Mu
— 16V (@L_Tido) July 18, 2023
South Africans have not taken kindly to Akon’s claims. Rapper and podcaster L-Tido shared a clip of Akon’s interview on Twitter, writing “Akon out here lying about our country.” Businessman, musician, and podcaster DJ Sbu also called out Akon, tweeting “My brother @Akon lying on such a big platform unprovoked.” Other Twitter users have also expressed their frustration with Akon’s statements.
Akon’s Previous Controversial Statements
This is not the first time that Akon has made controversial statements about South Africa. In October last year, he ruffled feathers when he said that white people in South Africa were being oppressed and lived in more poverty than black people. It remains to be seen how Akon will respond to the backlash against his latest claims.
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