On Thursday night TV personality and motivational speaker Dineo Ranaka found herself entangled in a war of tweets with angry fans over a matric dress saga.
Dineo didn’t expect her rejection to help a young girl get a matric farewell dress to evolve into something so big that it had her exchanging words with her supposed fans.
Probably out of admiration, the young girl approached Dineo Ranaka directly to ask for assistance in helping her get a dress for her matric farewell.
To everybody’s dismay, Dineo reacted in the most harsh way to the request. Instead of helping out or politely saying no or even ignoring the request, Dineo went on to lecture the young girl, telling her to focus on becoming rich rather than acting rich.
This infuriated a lot of fans who lambasted her reaction to the request.
What Dineo said was unwarranted,she could have ignored the tweet or said she couldn't help,that's all
— Lehakwe la hao (@soniamotaung) July 21, 2016
Dineo Ranaka was just extra with that respond, soo unnecessary and rude! She is a student dammit
— Rap is Life (@DouchBag_T) July 21, 2016
To make matters even worse was the fact that Dineo did not go stealth when the war started. Instead she chose to get involved in public feuds on the social media by strongly defending her stance in the midst of the uproar.
HAS SHE PASSED HER MATRIC? So look rich & celebrate for what for who? https://t.co/Kzn4L4yEY3
— Dineo Ranaka (@DineoRanaka) July 21, 2016
And now, she has unavoidably become the trending topic on the social media platform.
— Sizwe Dhlomo (@SizweDhlomo) July 21, 2016
However, Dineo’s refusal followed by the backlash got the attention of some generous users including celebrities. Within a short time, the young lady was getting offers to help make her matric dance night a dream come true.
Saw tweets asking for help with a matric dress. Please ask the girl to tweet me. I can help,with whatever she needs
— Mandla&LexiS2 (@van_lexi) July 21, 2016
She didn’t just get a dress but ended up with offers for make up, hair and even a ride to the venue.
@Miss_Mnisi I just Followed you. Please DM me your details will give you a ring in the morning, I will sort out something for you
— leratokganyago (@leratokganyago) July 21, 2016
Lexi (of Mandla and Lexi fame)‚ Sizwe Dhlomo and Lerato Kganyago were among the celebs who offered to help.
In return, Dineo‚ Ranaka got the mocking of her life in tweets.
Some Twitter users even went to the extent of taking a trip down memory lane to repost a tweet she posted years ago encouraging girls to buy their matric farewell dresses from her clothing line.