Humans South Africans There’s a new Facebook group in South Africa and it’s growing by 50 000 members per day! #ShutSAdown
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#ShutSADown is a new Facebook group in South Africa, and it is growing exponentially as the movement grows traction.


South Africa (26 February 2020) – In just five days, the “Shut SA Down” Facebook group has grown from zero to over 100 000 members, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

The new group which was formed by Morne Swart has only one focus; to unify South Africans by making our voices heard.

The group was only formed on the 20 February 2020 and slowly started gaining traction, but saw an exponential jump yesterday as 50 000 members joined in just one day.

But Swart wants the country to know that the group is not based on hate but rather constructive action.

“This is not a hate group. We have one and only one purpose, to bring South Africa to a standstill until we the public are heard. We are tired of the violence, rape and murder in our country.

This group will only discuss protest actions.

And we will protest by shutting SA down. No work, no school, nothing. Our children are more important than a days work. Let’s shut SA down. And if they don’t listen, we will shut South Africa down for two days, and then three days.

We are tired, South Africa. The time is now.”

Recently, South Africans have banded together across many Facebook groups starting important conversations about the state of the nation.

Whether good or bad, these conversations need to happen and South Africans have taken to social media to share their common goals… making South Africa better!

Check out some of our favourite groups below:


An extension to Good Things Guy, this group is for all South Africans, living here or abroad.

This group was created for the Good Things community. Catch up on South Africa’s good news or share your own.

Good Things Guy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to. We believe that there is good news all around us and over 1 million readers a month agree with us. We hunt down and report on the best Good News stories from South Africa, and the World.

Our mission is to change the national conversation and give South Africans a balance to the news in South Africa.

Good Things Guy is dedicated to telling good stories & we like to share things that inspire. The award-winning platform is one of the leading good news sites in South Africa & has grown from one person with a simple idea to a full team that brings good news to South Africans every day.

Good Things Guy was officially launched on the 1 August 2015 in order to only promote good news, inspirational stories and promote only positive, upbeat media.

Only good things!

Support for a better South Africa

Our beloved country needs us to set aside our differences, respect each other, unify, and work together to make our country, South Africa, a better place for all. Our goals should be the eradication of Poverty and Corruption and ensuring good governance.


This group is all about YOUR “POSITIVE” perspective through either the lens of your phone or Camera.

Negative posts will not be tolerated…

Let’s show the world what we in SA are surrounded by relating to beauty!!

#ImStayingToo But I want to tackle real issues facing our country

This is a group for South Africans from all walks of life who want to contribute to creating a society where everyone is equal and respected.

Feel free to discuss anything you like. We are not the thought police.

If you are racist, homophobe, misogynist, and believe in holding hands and singing Kumbaya while pretending everything is great, then you should go to the other group.

This is an INCLUSIVE group, so posts will not require approval.

Conversations for a Just South Africa

While we love the idea that positivity is needed for social cohesion, we also acknowledge that some difficult and painful, conversations need to happen for meaningful change to occur. This is a collaborative space for social learning to occur. We are unapologetically Intersectional, anti-racist, and egalitarian. All faiths are welcome, but we are secular.

Sources: Facebook Groups | #ShutSADown 
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