Shashi Naidoo has reportedly received death threats over comments she made about Gaza on social media.
One of the model’s followers criticised her after she posted a photograph of herself with DJ Black Coffee on Instagram. The follower called out the musician for performing in Israel earlier this year.
Naidoo responded by calling the Gaza area in Palestine a “sh**hole”, and accused Gazans of trying to “annihilate Israel”.
At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire during protests near the border with Gaza that began at the end of March. No Israelis have died.
Following a strong backlash on social media, the model deleted her comments, but not before screengrabs of them were circulated online.
Look at these posts made by @SHASHINAIDOO on Instagram about Palestine. She also says Gaza is a “shithole.” Shashni has since apologized and deleted the posts. #FreePalestine pic.twitter.com/nzYVs8J23D
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) June 16, 2018
Naidoo then apologised in an Instagram story.
Seems like her previous night's rant and expression of her true views wasn't as filtered as her black and white video apology.
— Imran Motala (@nanovapour) June 17, 2018
Naidoo continues to be lashed on social media and some have threatened violence against her. Some companies she has worked with have distanced themselves from her comments.
She should stick to spa treatments pic.twitter.com/Q3EK4C9SSZ
— Kriskrossworld (@kriskrossworld1) June 16, 2018
— *Le Sigh* (@awk_war_rah_dah) June 16, 2018
Hey @SHASHINAIDOO you're severely uneducated. Your stance on Gaza is appalling. As a fellow SOUTH AFRICAN your first responsibility is to understand our history. Go get educated girl. Also get a new passport because you don't belong in th FREE and FAIR SA we live in.
— zahraa (@zahraa_cachalia) June 16, 2018
Shashi Naidoo… Problem 1…
1. Her comments about Palestine
2. The arrogance and certainty that she had when making those comments
3. Her hopeless apology
5. The power we give to so called influencers for doing nothing other than sitting on social media
— Adeeb Conrad (@wisdomseeker152) June 16, 2018