Kuli Roberts racist article causes a stir

A column by Kuli Roberts in this week’s edition of the tabloid, Sunday World has ignited outrage in many parts of the country. In an article entitled Ma se Kinders – Eish I Miss  Daai Lippies Vannie Kaap, she proceeded to spew out a host of fairly inappropriate remarks about Coloured people… Probably not the best idea so soon after GCIS CEO Jimmy Manyi was forced to apologise after it emerged he commented over a year ago that there was an oversupply of Coloureds in the Western Cape.

Both Twitter and Facebook have been cooking over the past two days with people slating her and her inability to write anything decent (maybe she should spend some time here as an intern). Apparently Avusa (the peeps that publish the newspaper) have been inundated with complaints and threats of rather sadistic fanny tickling since the article went live. Since then it has been removed, but fortunately as is the nature of the internet, once its out there- its out there forever.

http://lifeissavage.com/heres-the-kuli-roberts-racist-article-causing-all-the-drama/ (Thanks Mr Savage!!!)

One of the better comments that I checked came from:

Sipho Hlongwane (@ComradeSipho) who wrote “What was going through Kuli Roberts’ mind when she wrote this bile?” And added: “More specifically how did her editor think it was ok to publish such blatantly racist crap?”

And then in an occurrence that I thought utterly impossible, I was further irritated by the likes of 5FM assbags Grant and Anele (whom I already despise) when they had this to say:

5FM’s Grant Nash posted: “Come on now its Kuli for goodness sake…have u read any of her other articles? She is rough like that…she gets paid to cause controversy.

The rather terrifying and supreme waster of both radio and tv airwaves, Anele followed up with this brilliance: “Kuli has coloured kids mos, so how bad could this article have been ?”

To which Julius S Malema (the funny Twitter impersonator of the real Julius) responded: RT: @Anele: Kuli has coloured kids mos, so how bad could this article have been? {So bad that even @trevornoah would find it distasteful}.

Boooom, now that’s comedy.

The part that is the most irritating about this whole thing is the fact that the Editor of the Sunday world thought that her piece of drivel was something worthy of the space that it was given. Kuli Roberts cannot write and should never have been allowed to write. AVUSA suspended the column (meaning Kuli got fired)… now to get rid of the Editor who allowed the article to go to print in the first place- oh and if you need some quality content why not call up some real writers. Pfft.

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  1. speaking of 5fm, yesterday on fresh’s show some dude (coloured) had a word about this article. he took the points she made, and turned them inside out. and boy was he funny. he tore that stupid woman a new arsehole. twas one of those 1minute comedy clips or something

    1. Probably Tyrone. Hahaha, he has his own 5 mins everyday during Fresh’s show. Yeah, that is one funny guy 🙂

  2. It was Tyrone, Fully taking the piss.

    To be fair to the woman, it was clearly her brief to write provocative pieces,(and she does take the piss out of black, white, coloured and indian). But a newspaper is probably not the platform for those kinds of comments and blatant generalisations.

    The Editor should have been canned faster than a tin of Baked beans.

    The most disturbing comments for me were in fact from ANC spokesperson Jimmy Manyi- he essentially said that there are too many coloureds in the Western Cape and that they must spread themselves out throughout the country. (this is against so many of the fundamentals the constitution was built on freedom of movement etc…)

    This all because the ANC is not gonna win the Western Cape (again) thanks largely to the coloured voting contingent.

    Now why was he not fired??????? he is after all the fucking spokesperson for the organisation. Instead the ANC said they would like to “Distance themselves” from the comments. I’m just suprised that they didn’t claim that the comment was “taken out of context” or one of the many other lame excuses public idiots like ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivangu come up with constantly. (I vote for Floyd for comedian of the year)

    Coloured Gerald

  3. Open Letter to Jimmy Manyi
    2011-03-02 10:01

    Related Links
    Jimmy Manyi a racist – Trevor Manuel
    ANC welcomes Manyi apology
    Manyi says sorry for coloured comment

    Dear Jimmy,

    Let us drop titles for the purpose of a necessary exchange. So let us forget for now that I am a Cabinet Minister and that you are a Director-General equivalent, in the same government. I want to address you simply as a compatriot South African.

    I want to draw to your attention the fact that your statements about “an over-concentration of coloureds” are against the letter and spirit of the South African Constitution, as well being against the values espoused by the Black Management Forum since its inception.

    That you were a Director-General of the Department of Labour, as well as the President of the BMF at the time when you made these statements is quite a mystery.

    It is a mystery because I must assume that you were elected as President of the BMF, without any familiarity with the history and constitution of that organisation; and that you were appointed as Director-General of the Department of Labour, without any familiarity with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa or the legislation administered by the Department itself.

    I observe from a GCIS press release that Mr Vusi Mona issues in his own name, you apologise for the statement because “some people may have taken offence”. This continued negative behaviour merely serves to confirm the values that you hold, or more precisely, lack thereof. Firstly, why Mr Mona had to issue a statement is beyond comprehension since you distinctly did not utter those racist sentiments as an official of the GCIS.

    Secondly, that you lack the moral conviction to publicly apologise says so much about your acute lack of judgement. Thirdly, the statement apologises only for the fact that “some people may have taken offence” says to me that you clearly fail to appreciate the extent to which your utterances are both unconstitutional and morally reprehensible.

    These “things”, (as the ANC statement says that your utterances reduce people to being mere commodities) in your view, “the coloureds who are over-concentrated in the Western Cape”, are the sons and daughters of those who waged the first anti-colonial battles against the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British when they set foot on our shores. These “things”, which so irritate you, include many who made huge sacrifices in the struggle against apartheid, at a time when people with views like Jimmy Manyi were conspicuous by their absence from the misery of exile, the battles at the barricades and from apartheid’s jails. By the way, what did YOU do in the war, Jimmy?

    I want to put it to you that these statements would make you a racist in the mould of H F Verwoerd. I want to put it to you that you have the same mind that operated under apartheid, never merely satisfied with inflicting the hurt of forced removals and the group areas act, would encamp language groups so that horrible aberrations, such as Soshanguve, were created to accommodate “non-Tswanas” in their own little encampments in greater Mabopane. Mr Manyi, you may be black, or perhaps you aren’t, because you do not accept that label and would prefer to be “only a Xhosa”, whatever the label you choose, I want to put it to you that your behaviour is of the worst-order racist.

    I refer to you in this way because for those of us who found our way into the struggle through the Black Consciousness Movement have always understood the origin of the Black Management Forum, as we have understood and supported the ANC documents that speak of “blacks in general, and Africans, in particular.” Regrettably, in your understanding the term “Black” has quite a different meaning.

    As a consequence of your behaviour, people like me – in the ANC and in government, are being asked to explain what was in the mind of the drafters of the amendments to the Employment Equity Act. We were present at the point of the debate of the first Employment Equity Bill; we expressed a complete comfort with the assignment of ‘designated groups’ to include “black people” which means “Africans, Coloureds and Indians” because it served as a representation of our constitutionality and as the fruits of our struggle.

    When in your capacity as Chairperson of the Employment Equity Commission you made strange utterances that sought to carve away at the basic premise of the Employment Equity Act, we should have been more vigilant. The just and constitutionally obligated provisions for redress are not and can never be an excuse to perpetuate racism.

    Now, in the light of the utterances you have made at a time when you were the DG of the Department of Labour, and given the fact that the amendments to the Employment Equity Act were drafted during your tenure, I have a sense that your racism has infiltrated the highest echelons of government. Count me among those who, in spite of my position, will ensure that parliament acts in the letter and spirit of our constitution when it adopts amendments to the Act.

    I have never waged any battle from the premise of an epithet that apartheid sought to attach to me but I will do battle against the harm you seek to inflict. When I do so, it is not as a coloured but as a non-racist determined to ensure that our great movement and our Constitution are not diluted through the actions of racists like you.

    I have been prepared to sacrifice before for the cause of the kind of society articulated in the Freedom Charter. It is not a cause that has ended. I have simply not been called upon to make the same kind of sacrifices since 1990. I must declare my willingness to make sacrifices now in deference to the opening lines of the Freedom Charter that boldly declare that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”.

    I now know who Nelson Mandela was talking about when he said from the dock that he had fought against white domination and that he had fought against black domination. Jimmy, he was talking about fighting against people like you.

    Yours sincerely,

    Trevor A Manuel

    1. Thanks for dropping that link Gerald! Finally someone with a brain… Go Trevor

  4. This article was meant in a light hearted manner, and was written by someone who had no real racist intention. If a coloured person had written the article, no-one would have batted an eyelid. This country claims to be over the racist years of apartheid and claims to have moved on and reconciled, but the reactions to this article reveal otherwise. Obviously, we are not so evolved as to find the humour in comedic articles such as this one, but are still programmed to find offense in everything that we read that makes light of other races.

    We are clearly not a reconciled rainbow nation. Not because of articles like this, but because of reactions to articles like this.

  5. I beg to differ Nicki. this country is still racist when you see the bile spewed out by our foremost political leaders on an almost daily basis. See what the presidential spokesman has to say being the most recent. or Malema.

    whats even worse is the racism the “black” government shows every day of every year against its own people. how, you may ask.

    3 words: The Education System

    I shouldnt have to explain this, but if you want to know, just ask

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