Akon believed women and men could never be equal. Image via Instagram @akon

DJ Sbu, L-Tido slam Akon for lying about South Africa [video]

South Africans, including musicians DJ Sbu and L-Tido, have called out US-based artist Akon about his claims on racial inequality in Mzansi.


Akon believed women and men could never be equal. Image via Instagram @akon

US-based Senegalese artist Akon has angered South Africans after claiming that the richest people in the country are black people – among other things.

The Nobody singer’s interview on popular American YouTube podcast, Drink Champs, is causing a stir on social media and has caught the attention of Mzansi celebrities –such as DJ Sbu and L-Tido – who have called him out.

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Akon. Images via Instagram: @akon


In tthe interview, Akon said: “What’s crazy, certain parts of South Africa, the white folks are the ones in the ghettos. If you go to South Africa, the richest people in South Africa are the black ones. It’s almost like a flip.”

He continued: “Everywhere you go there are areas where there are poor people, but the poorest parts are where the white folks are”.

In October last year, Akon ruffled feathers when he said that white people in South Africa were being oppressed and lived in more poverty than black people.

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Akon’s claims appear to be silimar to a 2016 article by the UK Mail Online, where it reported that more than 400 000 white South Africans live in poverty. At the time, the publication documented the “squalid conditions” of South Africa’s “white squatter camps”.

The claims were debunked by Kate Wilkinson, who is a senior researcher at Africa Check. In a 2018 article on the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) website, she wrote: “The reality in South Africa is that the majority of its population (people of colour) is directly affected by poverty. According to the 2017/2018 report compiled by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), 64% of blacks, 41% of coloureds, 6% of Indians and 1% of whites South Africans are living in poverty.”

Still debunking the UK Mail Online article, Wilkinson told 702 that recent stats that they received were from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) from the 2016 community survey, and they revealed that 13 300 white people live in informal dwellings.

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A clip of Akon’s interview was shared by rapper and podcaster, L-Tido, who wrote: “Akon out here lying about our country.”

Businessman, musician and podcaster DJ Sbu also said: “My brother @Akon lying on such a big platform unprovoked.”

“One visit to Tbo Touch’s house and he thinks all of us live like him,” @TMbuzi wrote.

“Maybe Akon is familiar with the part of Google where you search “squatter camps in South Africa” Google images gives results of white people. Why the f**k is this guy Akon lying like this tho!?” @lonwaboGee said.

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