ANC Faces Backlash Over Skomota Campaign
Social media erupted in a storm of criticism aimed at the African National Congress (ANC) as netizens condemned the party’s latest campaign strategy involving Skomota, a 38-year-old viral sensation from Limpopo, South Africa.
Skomota: From Viral Sensation to Political Campaigner
Skomota, whose real name is Thabang Sefala, rose to fame for his humour and comical behaviour, earning him the moniker “Mr. All Over” for his ubiquitous presence at local ceremonies where he entertains with his jokes and appetite.
Exploitation and Concerns
The ANC Youth League’s decision to enlist Skomota for their campaign drew widespread criticism on social media platforms. Users expressed concern over what they perceive as the exploitation of Skomota’s popularity for political gain. One user, @ayanda_yandiey_, remarked, “They’re now taking advantage of him, this political party is shameless.”
Skomota’s Rise to Fame
Skomota’s journey to fame includes his signature dance move, which has been emulated by Bafana Bafana players. Furthermore, his involvement in the political arena has put him under the spotlight, with many questioning the motives behind his participation in ANC campaigns.
From Rags to Riches: Skomota’s Transformation
Skomota’s life took a dramatic turn when he won R3 million from Betway, an online gambling platform, on August 25, 2023. This windfall, coupled with meeting his soulmate who assisted him with his cash out, transformed his life overnight. He began donning expensive attire, mingling with celebrities, and even released a song titled “Dipikara Mmotong” featuring Team Delela and Aembu.
Public Reaction and Commentary
Criticism towards the ANC continued with users like @willy_shau asserting, “ANC will abuse you and hurt you.” Similarly, @Rexjiffy lamented, “Poor Skomota has been used to make this party relevant. 🥺”
Addressing Concerns and Calls for Fair Treatment
Amidst the uproar, there were appeals for fair treatment towards Skomota. @LeNoir027 directly addressed Fikile Mbalula, urging, “Give Skomota a break @MbalulaFikile. This man cannot replace what you’ve lost in Zuma. Please, let the young man be his own self and stop using him.”
As Skomota finds himself embroiled in the political sphere, the ANC faces mounting pressure to address concerns about the ethics of their campaign strategies. The public outcry underscores the complexities of celebrity influence in politics and raises questions about the boundaries between entertainment and political activism.