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Oh weekend, you’re always gone too soon. While you were lazing on a Cape Town beach, or sipping some cold brew at a Braamfontein coffee joint, the world was rotating and social was a-buzzing.
But don’t feel left out, because we recap what you might’ve missed this weekend on Twitter, the internet and the world at large.
The big stories of the weekend (15 January 2018):
H&M stores trashed in Gauteng by EFF supporters
Following an idiotic marketing gaffe made by Swedish clothing brand H&M — in which they dressed a black boy in a shirt that read “Coolest monkey in the jungle” — the EFF mobilised a physical protest across Gauteng.
On Saturday, H&M stores in Menlyn, Pretoria, and Sandton City were reportedly trashed by the party’s supporters.
AVOID H&M STORE. MENLYN. PTA. GP. pic.twitter.com/csV1ImuONE
— REZA (@crimeairnetwork) January 13, 2018
— Mukololo ® (@DineoDeeMash2) January 13, 2018
Meanwhile, the leaders of the EFF fully endorsed the move, with Floyd Shivambu calling the protests a “consequence” of the brand’s actions.
“All rational people should agree that the store should not be allowed to continue operating in South Africa. Well done to Fighters who physically confronted racism,” he wrote.
That @hm nonsense of a clothing store is now facing consequences for its racism. All rational people should agree that the store should not be allowed to continue operating in South Africa. Well done to Fighters who physically confronted racism. pic.twitter.com/cgdedYGoOj
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) January 13, 2018
The protest also became global news, with USA Today reporting on the incident.
H&M stores stormed in Africa over ‘monkey in the jungle’ sweatshirt ad https://t.co/szQGXB9T8H
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 13, 2018
#ANC106: Ramaphosa flies high as Zuma’s booed
East London played host to the ANC’s 106th anniversary celebrations on Saturday. It was the first party gathering since Cyril Ramaphosa was elected ANC President. But the president of the country, Jacob Zuma, was the one who reportedly arrived fashionably late.
— Sbu Ngalwa (@sbungalwa) January 13, 2018
— African National Congress (@MYANC) January 13, 2018
Overall, it wasn’t a good weekend for South Africa’s leader.
This thing of people being told to take off their ANC T-shirts with Zuma’s face is real. I just saw it when a councillor I was talking to ordered a passer-by on the beachfront to take off his shirt, and gave him a Ramaphosa shirt to wear #ANC106
— carien du plessis (@carienduplessis) January 13, 2018
Eish how embarrassing. Crowd boos Zuma and cheers for Kenyatta when they’re introduced by Mantashe. #ANC106
— Ranjeni Munusamy (@RanjeniM) January 13, 2018
And some in attendance couldn’t help but revel in his misfortune.
— Chester Missing (@chestermissing) January 13, 2018
#MyShithole: wow, Africa looks terrible, doesn’t it?
Oh, Africa. You’ve done your continent and the internet proud.
Just when you thought the world couldn’t view its nations (and other nations like Haiti and El Salvador) in a less positive light, US President Donald Trump reportedly had a few words to say about it. Something involving a “shithole” we believe?
Nevertheless, after the comments #MyShithole trended throughout the weekend, and throughout the continent, with users adopting the hashtag publishing photographs of their beautiful homes.
US footballer Jozy Altidore, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, and ice hockey player PK Subban had a few things to say about the statement too.
— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) January 13, 2018
In other news:
Hawaiian missile warning was a ‘mistake’
Hawaiians were warned of impending doom on Saturday, when a ballistics missile alert was issued to the islands’ residents. However, it was all just a big misunderstanding: someone reportedly pressed the wrong button.
#Hawaii trended across the United Kingdom, while #missile made an appearance in the United States. No missiles were actually spotted, though.
NO missile threat to Hawaii.
— Hawaii EMA (@Hawaii_EMA) January 13, 2018
New President of Zimbabwe announces his official arrival on Twitter
It’s been a while since his last tweet, but Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has finally resurfaced on Twitter.
He published a video Saturday to allay fears that his account of some 28 000 followers was fake.
“Hello Zimbabwe and the World. I am proud to announce that this is my official twitter page. Thank you,” he wrote.
Hello Zimbabwe and the World. I am proud to announce that this is my official twitter page. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/RdF681pfy7
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) January 13, 2018
Chelsea Manning announces plans to run for Maryland Senate
Former US soldier and Wikileaks contributor Chelsea Manning is reportedly running for Senate in the US state of Maryland, sources revealed Saturday.
Opinions on Twitter were wildly partisan, either lauding the decision, or dismissing it harshly.
>Becomes a traitor
>Goes to jail
>Cuts off genitalia
>Gets out of prison early
>Runs for office
If this doesn’t describe the modern day Democratic Party, I don’t know what does.
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 13, 2018
If you are cool with Sheriff Arpaio running for Senate in Arizona but up in arms that Chelsea Manning is running in Maryland – you my friend are a HYPOCRITE. #GoChelsea
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) January 14, 2018
Manning has yet to confirm her intentions to run on social media.
Cyclone Berguitta forms in Indian Ocean
The second named storm of the Indian Ocean tropical storm season formed on Saturday. Dubbed Berguitta, the storm could impact Reunion, Mauritius and possibly southern Madagascar in the coming week.
Early forecast models suggest that it will stay far away from South Africa.
— Keraunos (@KeraunosObs) January 13, 2018
737 overruns runway in Turkey, no fatalities
Last year was one of the safest in commercial aviation history, but 2018 has begun with a very near miss. A Boeing 747-800 with 166 people on board failed to slow down after landing.
The plane slid down a steep bank, but no one was killed.
Pegasus Airlines #PC8622 Boeing 737-800 (TC-CPF) ran down a steep embankment on landing Trabzon, Turkey w 166 on board. Only minor injuries reported. JACDEC Report: https://t.co/vZix71c1IS pic.twitter.com/rShDCAmfla
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) January 14, 2018
Aziz Ansari accused of sexual misconduct
According to an exclusive interview published in Babe, comedian Ansari was involved in an incident of sexual misconduct with a 23-year-old woman in 2017.
“Aziz Ansari” began trending Sunday after the story broke, in which Ansari “violated” the woman dubbed Grace.
23-year-old Grace* went on a date with Aziz Ansari in September. It turned out to be the worst night of her life. She told babe Ansari pulled her hand towards his penis multiple times and “kept doing it after I moved it away.” She said she remembers him asking again and again, “Where do you want me to fuck you?” Throughout the course of the night, she says she used verbal and non-verbal cues to indicate how unhappy she was. This is a conversation between them the following day where Grace tells Ansari how uncomfortable he made her feel, saying “you ignored clear non-verbal cues” and “kept going with advances.” Read the full story on babe.net.
“I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn’t interested. I don’t think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored,” Grace explains.
“It really hit me that I was violated. I felt really emotional all at once when we sat down there. That that whole experience was actually horrible.”
The full story on Babe can be found below.
I talked to a girl who says she went on a date with @azizansari in an exclusive for @babedotnet. She told me, “It was by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.” I believe her. #TimesUp #MeToo #AzizAnsari https://t.co/p7q0fjSsh0
— Katie Way (@k80way) January 13, 2018
DA formerly charges Patricia de Lille for ‘misconduct’
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille was formerly charged by the DA’s Federal Executive Sunday for “alleged misconduct”.
De Lille will retain her mayoral seat, but may lose her power to lead the City of Cape Town’s drought response, the DA leader Mmusi Maimane revealed.
#DeLille was trending across Cape Town on Sunday evening.
1 – The #DAFedex has resolved to formally charge @PatriciaDeLille after extensive deliberations and respect for due process. Charges for alleged misconduct include an unlawful influence over the appointment of the City Manager; failing to account for R36 million MyCiti losses…
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) January 14, 2018