South Africa 19.12.2015 06:00 am

White marchers ‘are racist’

Idols SA judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana, Somizi Mhlongo and Gareth Cliff. Picture: Supplied

Idols SA judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana, Somizi Mhlongo and Gareth Cliff. Picture: Supplied

Words were in contrast to those of other public figures supporting the action.

Choreographer and television personality Somizi Mhlongo has set the cat among the pigeons when he lashed out at white South Africans following the marches calling for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Mhlongo aired his concerns on his Instagram account, saying white racist South Africans were hoping that Zuma’s fall would give them a white president or bring back apartheid. He said their hopes were a true denial of the reality.

He compared the impossibilities of it (Zuma’s fall) happening to that of US presidency hopeful Donald Trump winning the presidency or Oscar Pistorius believing he’ll one day take part in the Olympics.

Some agreed with him on social media while others slammed his remarks. His remarks were in stark contrast with those of other public figures, including R&B singer Lerato Molapo, popularly known as Lira, who publicly declared her support for the campaigns against the president.

The marches took place on Wednesday in many parts of the country, including Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. Thousands of people took to the streets calling for Zuma’s removal from office, blaming him for the freefall of the rand after the removal of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.

The currency has since regained strength after Zuma reappointed Pravin Gordhan as finance minister on Sunday. Mhlongo changed his tune later on his Twitter account, saying he was actually revealing his displeasure about some marchers who wore (the old) South African flag at the march.

He posted a picture of a double cab bakkie on his account with two old South African flags hanging from the side door windows.

Mhlongo yesterday referred Saturday Citizen to his manager, Thato Matuka. Matuka said the old SA flag represents apartheid.

– warren@citizen.co.za

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