This year has been one of the most redefining in terms of the humanitarian crisis, mass murders and of course big celebrity revelations and celebrations. Social media has become a great source of information in terms of breaking news, not only through public opinion but also getting both sides of the story. With that said, here are the stories that grabbed our attention this past weekend.
CNN Presents Live Video Footage Of Slave Auction In Libya
A shocking video posted by CNN revealed what looked like a live auction taking place in an unknown location in Libya. The CNN video comes after an anonymous video was shared in August this year and the video portrayed "strong boys" auctioned off as farm workers. A CNN journalist went undercover to investigate and though she and the crew were not permitted to do interviews, the video clearly shows adult men being sold; they hear the words "200, 400, 800", as an unidentified men addresses a small crowd whilst auctioning off the captured migrants. In another part of the video, CNN visited a temporary place of safety that houses rescued slave migrants from Niger, Mali and Ghana who had failed to be smuggled to Europe. The migrants opened up about being sold, tortured and forced into labour via sexual assualt in some cases- many of them died. The UN secretary-general said on that Monday he is "horrified" at reports showing African migrants sold as slaves and called for immediate investigations." It is reported that reparations are slowly taking place, however, with the international community not making much of a storm regarding these crimes against humanity, it may be a question of waiting for the government to intervene.
Miss South Africa Is Crowned Miss Universe
Congratulations are in order after news that Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned as the new Miss Universe.
The official Miss Universe account posted:
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) November 27, 2017
Demi also posted a tweet thanking the country:
South Africa, thank you for support and love throughout my #MissUniverse journey. I may be the new Miss Universe but I will always be your Miss South Africa - we did it! ?????? pic.twitter.com/QwHAXGsdVA
— Demi-LeighNel-Peters (@DemiLeighNP) November 27, 2017
Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthetwa congratulated her too:
Congratulations to Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel Peters @DemiLeighNP on being crowned #MissUniverse 2017. Thank you representing us with distinction and flying our flag high ?? pic.twitter.com/nXZIYsal8W
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) November 27, 2017
However, as with any beauty pageant- the politics of beauty always comes into question. Some members of the public were of the opinion that title should have gone to Miss Jamaica, who is second runner-up. South African poet, Ntsiki Mazwai went on to her own Twitter account to say, "The prettiest girl in the universe can't be dark skinned with a fro....can't be African"
Others also said:
Congratulations to our Miss South Africa for winning #MissUniverse. However, I think that the runner up (Miss Jamaica) did an amazing job. She represented her country very well and I am sure there is a little black girl out there with an Afro who knows that she can do it. pic.twitter.com/UxVkhBXWfr
— Ctrl+P (@PumezaZibi) November 27, 2017
Davina represented not only #Jamaica in the #MissUniverse but the black race. I wish she's the one who should have won. She displayed her Afro with pride redefining the competition. Young black girls out there can feel confidence in their natural hair without whitening it. pic.twitter.com/8SCqF3o6Je
— Not Adv Ngcukaitobi (@AdvNgcukaitobi) November 27, 2017
It seems as though Cape Town is not the only South African city making headlines due to the conversation around water. This past weekend, members of the public took to social media to question the various municipalities about the issue that has affected many parts of Johannesburg. The reason for the water crises is due to some municipalities being in debt that has reportedly been accumulating for about 7 years. The Mfuleni Municipality seems to be the most affected as people have said that "it takes up to 30 minutes to fill up a glass of water," ENCA's Mike Appel reported.
The Department of Water and Sanitation said:
We have also identified 30 municipalities whose individual debt exceeds R50 million and is older than 6 months #WaterCuts
— Water&SanitationRSA (@DWS_RSA) November 27, 2017
The minister addressing media earlier on Monday:
"We are currently owed R10.7bn. R6.8bn is owed to the various water boards. The 30 municipalities have until 8 Dec to pay. Some 59 summons have been issued to date. "
Hypress (Melanie G Ramjee) Has A Star-Studded Baby Shower
PR Maven, MD of Tutone Communications. Special Olympics SA Ambassador had Mzanai Instagram abuzz with her celebrity friends at a baby shower held to welcome her third child. The glowing mom-to-be wore a white t-shirt dress as she documented in true PR maven style, the excitement of welcoming her first daughter into the world: Maya. The celebratory event saw the likes of stars Nomzamo Mbatha, Tamara Dey and Bonang Matheba in attendance. It looked tré lavish!
Nigerian President Okays Payment of School Fees for Chibok Girls
"President Muhammadu Buhari has approved U.S.$458,000 for the payment of American University of Nigeria second semester school fees FOR the freed 106 Chibok girls", according to allafrica.com. Buhari has also stated that he is committed to the ongoing mission to bring back the rest of the abducted girls. There have been ongoing negotiations to release the girls abducted by Boko Haram Terrorist group who kidnapped the young women at their school on the night of April 14, 2014.