Elon Musk

Elon Musk has been critised over his ‘God bless America’ tweet.
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Elon Musk offends South Africans with ‘God Bless America’ tweet

Does South Africa deserve a shout-out too? Elon Musk’s tweet about his adoptive home left many tweeps fuming…

Elon Musk

Elon Musk has been critised over his ‘God bless America’ tweet.
Images via: ALAIN JOCARD, AFP/ Pixabay

A seemingly innocent tweet by the world’s richest man – Elon Musk – has riled many social media users up, particularly South African ones.

That’s because the Pretoria-born billionaire praised his adoptive country – America.

Elon – now a US citizen – emigrated as a young adult.


In celebration of Independence Day on 4 July, Elon Musk tweeted: “God Bless America.”

Elon – also the CEO of Twitter – was born in Pretoria in 1971 to businessman Errol Musk and former model Maye Musk. 

And South Africans were quick to remind him of it.

Notorious Twitter troll Chris Excel: “What about South Africa?”. Media mogul Bonang Matheba added: “You must come home.”

Here’s what others posted:

@vendavendor: “Your ancestors are from South Africa.”

@russiamcdonald: “The homeland made you strong. And instead of making South Africa strong, you left.”

@john39388040: “Oh yea, you didnt make any money from SA, so God shouldn’t bless SA.”

@nateadams5k: “No blessings for daddy’s slaves?”



Although he is now a US citizen, Elon Musk has South African roots.

The “Chief Twit” attended Pretoria Boys High School – a prominent English/Afrikaans school in the metropolitan of Pretoria (now Tshwane).

After his parent’s divorce, Elon Musk left SA with his mom and siblings Tosca and Kimbal to emigrate to Canada. They later moved to the US.

Errol – who still lives in SA – speaks both English and Afrikaans fluently.

Maye, originally from Canada, also states that she is fluent in Afrikaans. She shared on Twitter earlier this year: “I am English speaking and fluent in Afrikaans because I did my first Master of Science degree at an Afrikaans University, as the only English student.”

Elon Musk
Elon Musk celebrates his 52nd birthday on 28 June. Images via Twitter: @elonmusk

Elon Musk was raised in a predominately English-speaking household, although his dad insisted that he is “partly Afrikaans.”

According to Errol, their family’s move to Pretoria – an Afrikaans suburb – was met with great hostility on his end. Although both his parents have strong Afrikaans roots, Elon was unhappy as he could not form friendships and relationships with Afrikaans people.

In a video on his YouTube account, he said: “When Elon got to the time of meeting girls in Pretoria, there were no girls to meet. It was impossible to meet an Afrikaans girl. He was considered an Englishman.

“This was very frustrating for him.”