A leader of the SA movement, Mmusi Maimane, blasted former President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, for what appears to have been likening Thuli Madonsela to a gorilla online.
Over the weekend came Zuma-Sambudla for the former public protector, apparently comparing her facial features to those of a monkey.
She said Madonsela and President Cyril Ramaphosa have a “sell-out nose”.
Her comment sparked outrage from many online, including Maimane.
“This is blatant racism and demeaning of a fellow human being. An affront to Thuli Madonsela’s dignity,” Maimane said.
“Your mercy in response does not legitimize this. No matter who says it, racism is racism. I hope you have the courage to withdraw, apologize and delete it.”
DA Bundesrat chairwoman Helen Zille also intervened, saying the comparison was disgusting.
“That is the biggest disgusting bottom. If anyone else (let alone a white person) posted something as outrageously racist, they would be banned from Twitter for life. I am patiently waiting to see what will happen with Dudu Zuma-Sambudla,” said Zille.
“She is South African and so am I. We are told that black people are not allowed to be racist. This tweet is proof that all people can be deeply racist, except that the racism of some is excused because of their own race. And that’s the most racist thing ever.”
Zuma-Sambudla clapped back at the criticism and said she wasn’t apologizing for her tweet.
“You can everybody kiss me a**. Including Helen Zille and Mmusi Maimane,” she said.
On Monday, Madonsela shared “a thought” about how what one person says or does to others reflects them.
“What you say or do to others reflects who and what you are, not them, so choose your words and actions carefully,” she said.
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