Phumzile Van Damme has commented on the trending hashtag suggesting that Ramaphosa hates Black people, by speculating that it may be the actions of the RET faction.
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Shadow Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Phumzile Van Damme took to Twitter on Tuesday, 9 February 2021, to question the credibility of the trending hashtag, #RamaphosaHatesBlackPeople. The hashtag was populated with commentary suggesting that the president is anti-Black, supposedly because of his alleged association with White monopoly capitalists
Van Damme, in her evaluation of the hashtag, suggested that the popularity of the hashtag was because of the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) faction within the ruling party. The RET faction is believed to be a faction within the African National Congress (ANC) that supports Jacob Zuma in wanting to transform the economy from the hands of White monopoly capitalists to Black hands.
Moreover, Van Damme claimed that it is not a coincidence that variations of the aforementioned hashtag about Ramaphosa continue to arise, suggesting that the faction is possibly using artificial intelligence to populate such hashtags.
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The RET faction sure knows how to control a narrative. And by control a narrative I mean that there’s a distinct stench of bots. Daily a different hashtag trends. The thing is that it is never on the same day as the xenophobic South Africa First hashtag. Curious. pic.twitter.com/d0RXE69Z2Q
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) February 9, 2021
New day, new trending hashtag. pic.twitter.com/lWG0s3mHnV
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) February 10, 2021