What these South African celebrities are saying about Twitter will shock you
Some South African celebrities on Thursday spoke about pervasive and unpleasant things on Twitter.
Celebrities such as Nasty C, Pearl Thusi, Moozlie among others encouraged their fans and peers to delete Twitter.
This comes after other celebrities like Pearl Thusi called out fans who had been unkind to Riky Rick a few days before he committed suicide.
Award-winning hip-hop artist Riky Rick took his own life on February 23.
Sunday World reported on Sunday, they received two leaked letters from sources in the artist’s inner circle where he apologised to his wife Bianca and children Maik and Jordan asking them not to blame themselves for his death and expressing his love for them.
Commenting on a video Riky had posted dancing with his wife Bianca Naidoo, Twitter users had scrutinised her unwillingness to be in the video based on her body language.
Rapper Nasty C responded to critics, asked his fans to uninstall Twitter calling it ’another version of hell’.
Artists have long complained about the toxicity of the platform, many feeling that it leaves them exposed to hateful messages from faceless “keyboard warriors”.
Nasty C’s first tweet read: “Don’t spend all day on twitter complaining about people on twitter. Just leave. Delete it. It really is that simple. Post your links if you must but don’t stay here. If you’re looking for love/ kindness/ support/ understanding/ solution, you won’t find it here”
In another tweet, Nasty C said, “We’re giving this app way too much power & control over our real lives. I promise you if we all just left, it would be a huuuge step in the right direction. It’s just another version of hell.. that’s in your phone”
“If you wanna be picked apart, judged, hated, dragged, mislead etc.. you’re in the right place. Get comfy. this is your home. If you love yourself or want to start loving yourself, leave. It really is that simple. Have a good one 👍🏾👍🏾”
After the “Juice Back” hitmaker shared a screenshot of his Tweets on Instagram, other celebrities chimed in and supported the idea.
Rapper and presenter Moozlie commented: “Got a new phone about a month ago, never downloaded it again & I’m not going back. I would highly recommend this. Thanks for sharing brother.”
LootLove added: “Best thing I ever did for my sanity was leave that app for good.”
Stogie T, Nina Hastie, AKA, Oscar Mbo and Okmalumkoolkat also shared similar sentiments.
Kenyan govt to convert ‘evil cult’ forest into a memorial site
The Kenyan government says it plans to convert the Shakahola Forest, where bodies of over 250 members of a Christian cult led by Pastor Paul Mackenzie were exhumed, into a national memorial.
The eastern African country was thrown into a frenzy in April when some followers of the pastor reportedly died after he instructed them to starve to death so they could meet with Jesus.
Kenya’s Interior Minister, Kithure Kindiki, who disclosed the intentions of the government at a press conference on Tuesday, said once the recovery of the bodies buried in the 800-acre forest was complete, the forest would be “turned into a place of remembrance so that people won’t forget what happened there.”
The minister added that the government had enough evidence to prosecute the leader of the cult and the main suspect, Pastor Mackenzie, on charges of genocide after he allegedly convinced his followers to fast to death in order to go to heaven.
“Most of the victims, including children, died of starvation but some were strangled, beaten, or suffocated,” Kindiki said, quoting autopsy reports.
Kindiki said investigations had shown that the cult’s activities extended beyond the Shakahola Forest, adding that investigations had extended to the larger 37,000-acre Chakama ranch in the area.
“Security roads are being constructed to provide access to the expansive area as search and rescue operations and investigations continues,” he said.
Scientists discover world’s oldest burial site in South Africa
Scientists in South Africa say they have discovered the oldest-known burial site in the world “containing remains of a small-brained distant relative of humans previously thought incapable of complex behaviour,” world-renowned palaeoanthropologist, Lee Berger, who led the team of researchers, said on Monday.
The find was announced by the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation, and published in the journal, eLife.
It challenges the understanding of human evolution which is normally held that the development of bigger brains allowed for the performing of complex functions.
Berger said the research team uncovered evidence that “members of a mysterious archaic human species buried their dead and carved symbols on cave walls long before the earliest evidence of burials by modern humans.”
“The brains belonging to the extinct species, known as Homo naledi, were around one-third the size of a modern human brain,” he said in a statement while announcing the result of the discovery.
“These revelations could change the understanding of human evolution, because until now, such behaviors only have been associated with larger-brained Homo sapiens and Neanderthals,” he added.
According to the palaeoanthropologist, the team discovered several specimens of Homo naledi, a tree-climbing, Stone Age hominid, buried about 30 metres (100 feet) underground in a cave system within the Cradle of Humankind located in Johannesburg, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“These are the most ancient interments yet recorded in the hominin record, earlier than evidence of Homo sapiens interments by at least 100,000 years,” Berger wrote.
Before the discovery, the oldest burials previously unearthed were found in the Middle East which contained the remains of Homo sapiens and were around 100,000 years old.
But the South African find reportedly dates back to at least 200,000 BC.
“These discoveries show that mortuary practices were not limited to H. sapiens or other hominins with large brain sizes,” Berger said.
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