Herman Mashaba Slams Hopewell Chin’ono

Herman Mashaba has blasted Hopewell Chin’ono after  Zimbabwean journalist seemingly questioned who was in charge of ActionSA.


It all started when Chin’ono, who has made world headlines for his criticism of the Zimbabwean government, took to Twitter on Tuesday to post a picture of ActionSA’s leadership.

In the caption he said he came in “peace” and asked, “Who is in charge?”

ActionSA leader Mashaba did not take the jab lightly and told Chin’ono to rather focus on problems in Zimbabwe than support “racialised misinformation campaigns”.

“Please don’t impose your inferiority complex on me. There are so many challenges in Zimbabwe, why don’t you start there?


“Perhaps this is why it has been so hard to turn Zim around when ‘award-winning journalists’ find it so easy to support racialised misinformation campaigns,” Mashaba said.

Chin’ono hit back on Wednesday, claiming his question had nothing to do with race, and said Mashaba’s response exposed the ActionSA leader’s alleged “insecurities” on the topic.

“I was asking who was in charge because you were the face of the campaign, yet the picture that did rounds had other folks taking centre stage. Are you in charge?” he asked.


Mashaba responded, saying a depth of leadership was “a hallmark of democracy” and urged Chin’ono to “take notes”.

“We are working to fix our country. Work to fix yours. Charity begins at home,” he added.