Mzansi superstars Sello Maake-ka Ncube and Pearl Thusi trended after being found in a photo that received mixed reviews from X users.
Emmerson Mnangagwa, the president of Zimbabwe, and other delegates are seated with Pearl and Sello in the picture where they are all donning Zim-colored scarves.
The election for president of Zimbabwe is quickly approaching, and Zanu-PF’s campaign has featured pop stars and sports legends, with Floyd Mayweather, a former world boxing champion, attending an event last month.
Users that were dissatisfied with the stars flooded X.
“I have said this before many times: there is nothing as useless, unpatriotic, unprincipled, out of touch with reality and greedy as South African “celebrities” in Zim, a country with no press freedom, no political freedom and no economic freedom. SA celebrities smile and laugh,” wrote one.
Seasoned actor Loyiso MacDonald also weighed in: “I’m not one to act self-righteous and tell others what they should or shouldn’t do, but this not a good look.”
Sonia Mbele, an actress, travelled to Zimbabwe as well, although she was not present. On Instagram, she did post pictures of herself with Sello and Pearl.
“What you may not know is that I do business in both producing and manufacturing in and outside SA, Ghana, Nigeria, Congo, Namibia, Zambia, Zim, US, UK and Dubai. Go where people see you and respect you. The rest I don’t get involved,” she wrote.
According to TimesLIVE, 16% of registered voters are first-time voters who will be very important during the election.
“There is a high probability this election will be decided by the first-time voters,” said Brighton Tamberekera, a projects officer at vote watchdog Zimbabwe Election Support Network. “We hope the youths registered turn up to vote.”