Posted on August 27, 2019

‘Unidentified Leader’: AP Reporter Accused of Racism After SA’s Ramaphosa Left Unnamed on G7 Photo

RT, August 27, 2019

The AP’s six-year veteran White House reporter Darlene Superville has triggered a backlash in Africa and drawn the ire of many on Twitter after referring to South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa as an “unidentified leader.”


While tweeting a photo of a group hug involving several G7 leaders and [Cyril] Ramaphosa, Superville neglected to do a quick internet search to prevent widespread outrage as well both personal and professional embarrassment.


Rwandan state minister for foreign affairs, Olivier Nduhungirehe, blasted the tweet as “despicable,” noting that it’s particularly egregious because Superville works for a major news agency. “It’s a mixture of unprofessionalism and disrespect towards African leaders. Dear @dsupervilleap, please delete your tweet and apologize!” he wrote.

The wrath of the twitterati was swift, with many highlighting Superville’s own race as adding further insult to injury.

Creating yet another cacophony of clapbacks, Superville then tweeted the same pictures again some 18 hours after the tweetstorm began, without apology, leaving countless irate South Africans fuming.