Zimbabwe’s motormouth minister Jonathan Moyo sparked xenophobic statements on Twitter after mocking the collapse of the rand last week.
His subsequent tweets did not go down well for most South Africans who came out guns blazing with some threatening to unleash another wave of xenophobic attacks on Zimbabwean economic migrants in South Africa.
The Zulu Godfather© @ceboqhabo Aug 27
#SomeoneTellProfMoyo To come fetch his children here in Mzansi or else we will whip their asses! & cry Xenophobia
AbortedNews @AbortedNews Aug 27
Zimbabweans are good at jumping borders so what will stop them from jumping to conclusion too #SomeoneTellProfMoyo
After a series of attacks targeted at Moyo, Zimbabwe’s propagandist seemed to suggest that attacks were based more on his person rather than the issue he raised.
“Tragedy of public discourse in this part of the world is that whenever an issue is raised debate is never on the issue but on who raised it,” he said.
Moyo did not waste time in launching tirade at those who attacked him.
“Surely the alleged but unproven gloating over the fall of the Rand cannot kill anyone or anything. What's the fuss?” he questioned.
“SA's exceptionalism is a myth. The African experience has one path with one destiny littered with the same potholes,” tweeted Moyo.
Moyo added that fall of the rand was not a laughing matter adding there're African lessons to learn.
South Africa’s International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela joined the frail.
“Clayson Monyela @ClaysonMonyela Aug 27 #SomeoneTellProfMoyo The rand will bounce back because....#WeAreSouthAfrica
He also warned Moyo against mocking other economies when his own country did not have a currency of her own.
Clayson Monyela @ClaysonMonyela Aug 27
#SomeoneTellProfMoyo That "People who live in glass houses should not throw stones..."
Despite the Twar, South Africa remains Zimbabwe’s largest trading partner.
Zimbabwe’s statistical office figures showed that Zimbabwe imported products worth US$3.4bn from South Africa and exported goods, especially minerals, worth $2.43bn in 2013.
It remains to be seen if Moyo’s social media stupor will have impact on bilateral relations factoring that not long ago he called South Africa’s former central bank governor Tito Mboweni a charlatan.