DJ Shimza on celebrities and politics: 'People say we're getting tenders'

28 March 2019 - 12:23 By Cebelihle Bhengu
DJ Shimza after registering to vote in the 2019 general elections.
DJ Shimza after registering to vote in the 2019 general elections.
Image: Instagram/ DJ Shimza

DJ Shimza's tweet on students, politics and activism opened a can of worms after he explained why South African celebrities often choose to remain mum on political issues.

Shimza, who is no stranger to sharing his views on politics with Twitter followers, took to the platform again on Wednesday to praise students for creating the future SA they want.

Encouraging his followers to vote in the upcoming elections, Shimza said: "Don't just tweet and be angry, go out and exercise your right."

One follower expressed her concern about the silence of celebrities when it comes to politics, saying that unlike Nigerian musician Davido and American artists, including Kanye West and Akon, SA celebs are neither vocal nor open.

Shimza responded by saying it was tricky for celebs because they get accused of gaining from the political parties with which they choose to associate themselves with.

In February, Shimza also got into a political debate after he revealed he's looking forward to voting for the ANC. 

When the muso was slammed for this and accused of benefiting from the party, he did not take the accusations lying down. He defended himself, saying he didn't understand why celebrities are "not allowed" to comment on the politics of the country in which they live in.