South Africa 28.1.2016 05:25 pm

Basson apologises to Rabada for ‘drama queen’ headline

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 25: Kagiso Rabada of the Proteas celebrates the wicket of Alex Hales of England with Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock of the Proteas during day 4 of the 4th Test match between South Africa and England at SuperSport Stadium on January 25, 2016 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 25: Kagiso Rabada of the Proteas celebrates the wicket of Alex Hales of England with Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock of the Proteas during day 4 of the 4th Test match between South Africa and England at SuperSport Stadium on January 25, 2016 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

In a sequence of three tweets, Netwerk24 editor-in-chief and former Beeld editor Adriaan Basson apologised to the Proteas’ young star.

A prominent editor took to Twitter to apologise to cricketer Kagiso Rabada after his surname was misspelt on a Beeld poster.

“Dear Kagiso, we apologise. We have removed ‘drama queen’ from our headline. The quote was used by an ex teacher at St Stithians. 1/3,” tweeted Basson.

“KG’s teachers told us he was very talented actor @ school. His cricket coach called him ‘drama queen’. Many ppl reacted negative to this 2/3,” said Basson.

“I recognised this and removed headline. Changed it to @TomEatonSA‘s suggestion: “All the world is now cricket hero Rabada’s stage”. 3/3,” added Basson.

This comes after Beeld misspelt Rabada’s surname in a poster, calling him ‘Radaba’, an incident that sparked an uproar on Twitter, not only from the minister but the public in general.

The poster, which read in Afrikaans “Radaba die drama queen (Radaba the drama queen)”, also triggered  a debate on why Beeld would choose a ostensibly ‘negative angle’ on the Proteas’ new young star.

“In one headline @AdriaanBasson successfully managed to be sexist and throw racial undertones on Black Excellence,” tweeted Mbalula.

“Editor @AdriaanBasson and his reporters chose to have that headline when everyone is celebrating Black Excellence, they mock it,” added Mbalula.

Minutes later Basson tweeted Mbalula, saying: “Min @MbalulaFikile will you respond to our Jurie Roux stories? CEO of SARU implicated in fraud is important not?”

Basson was referring to South African Rugby Union (SARU) CEO Jurie Roux being accused of ‘manipulating’ financial management systems to favour the rugby programme during his time at Stellenbosch University.

This is not the first time the two had a go at each other on Twitter. In May last year, a war of words erupted after Mbalula tweeted he was in Las Vegas to attend a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Basson questioned the minister on who funded his trip to Las Vegas and a verbal war ensued between the two when Mbalula insisted he was there in his personal capacity and had not travelled on state funds.

 

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