The iconic supermodel, actress and businesswoman, Naomi Campbell, has been applauded by South Africans for her words to former South African President, Jacob Zuma.
Her words which she released, through her social media handle, in the form of open letter to the former president read: “Dear Former President Jacob Zuma. This isn’t the South Africa I remember and that millions of South African’s fought for. The South Africa that overcame Apartheid , showed the world that change was possible. Led the battle in the fight against HIV/AIDS and has weathered countless efforts to undermine the new South Africa.”
The letter is coming after a recent violent civil unrest and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, orchestrated by Zuma’s sympathizers calling for his released from jail following his incarceration.
She continued: “I have watched how over the last few years you have protested your innocence at the allegations tabled against you of corruption and allowing mass State Capture.
“I have seen you got out of your way to avoid having to deal with these matters in court and avoid a Commission set up to investigate State Capture.
“You have talked of the rule of law and the South African constitution being something that should apply to everyone. Yet you defied the courts and were sentenced 15 months in prison.
“Now upon your incarceration, a group of protests under the #Freezuma banner broke out igniting the worst violence and criminality South Africa has seen since the end of apartheid.”
She condemned the protest staged by Zuma’s supporters as lives and properties have been lost, and millions of citizens affected.
“These actions not only saw hundreds lose their lives and property be destroyed. But it affects will now be felt by many millions more.
“This affects the millions of hard working and peaceful South Africans many whom have suffered over the last year because of Covid.”
The actress expressed that if the former president, Jacob Zuma, considered himself a leader, he should behave like one.
“Each day you defy the courts and stoke division you take a step backwards from Madiba’s vision for South Africa to prosper and for their not only be equitable political justice but also economic justice.
“If you still consider yourself a leader then please act and take responsibility like one.
“Agree to finish your appearance in front of the State Capture commission and equally you will have your days in court to contest the corruption charges alleged against you. Put the Nation first, PEACE IN SOUTHAFRICA.”
Naomi has never hidden her love for South Africa, as she has been speaking openly about it, and her close relationship with former president, Nelson Mandela.
Mandela had also referred to the 51-year-old supermodel as his “honorary granddaughter” at their first meeting in 1994.
According to a local media, Naomi co-hosted the “Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100” in Johannesburg, in 2018 which featured stars like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Tiwa Savage and Cassper Nyovest.
Some of the comments applauding her via Twitter are as below:
Naomi Campbell, on behalf of all South Africans, we love you. Stay winning Queen👑 @NaomiCampbell pic.twitter.com/QCrTlaVQX3
— The Great Venda (@JustJamal_) July 31, 2021
“Naomi Campbell is us and we are Naomi. We see you!! ✊🏾✊🏾👌🏽.”
— Keabetswe 👣🇿🇦🏳️🌈 (@KBmanyobe) July 31, 2021
“Thank you, Naomi Campbell, for speaking the truth.
Former president Jacob Zuma was only interested in avoiding the courts, building a palace for his family and allowing the Gupta family access to state resources through his cabinet.
He’s the worst president in democratic SA.”
— Jimmy Ramokgopa (@JimmyRamokgopa) July 31, 2021
“No amount of tweeting and propaganda will erase the embarrassing legacy of theft, lawlessness and incompetence that Zuma left behind. It’s staring at us all’s faces. Naomi Campbell is on point and no amount of insulting her will change it.”
— Zambala (@maghangeni) July 31, 2021
“💯💯👍 I reckon Naomi Campbell showed more leadership in one post than our entire bumbling cabinet has.
— One Nation SA – Corruption Buster (@OneNation70290) July 31, 2021.”