ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Article by: Londiwe Mlotshwa
Dr Melusi Dhlamini found himself on the wrong side of black twitter, by tweeting that he once got someone backlisted from registering at South African universities until he committed suicide because he had written a homophobic post on social media.
Dr Melusi Dlaminini is a medical practitioner and is the director of clinical services.
The Doctor replied to his tweet with “you don’t get to make my existence a living hell and expect me to be civil. You will die.”
It all started when a radio broadcaster, MacG was dragged for the recent episode of his podcast. MacG unpacked a number of issues including the issue of transgender, which offended the LGBTQI+ community.
The doctor was one of the many tweeps who were tagging MacG’s sponsor; Old Mutual and responding to MacG’s alleged homophobic podcast which resulted in Old mutual cancelling its contract with the radio broadcaster.
Tweeps started tagging the department of health, his employer and many more health organizations after his ‘suicide’ tweet went viral, calling for his medical license to be revoked.
According to most of the social media users who were behind the #DrDhlaminiMustFall the problem was not that he reported someone for making homophobic remarks but he was proud to be the reason someone committed suicide.
Dr Melusi has since apologized for the tweet.
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