Qwabe's dad 'shocked' to read about tip scandal

2016-05-11 07:26
Ntokozo Qwabe. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Ntokozo Qwabe. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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2016-05-10 06:51

Rhodes scholar Ntokozo Qwabe says donations for the waitron he and friends refused a tip over land ownership proves a point about whiteness.WATCH

Cape Town - Rhodes Must fall activist Ntokozo Qwabe's father has said he was shocked to learn about his son’s involvement in a decision to deny a white waitress a tip, a report has said.

Felokwakhe Qwabe, Ntokozo’s 65-year-old father, told the Sunday Tribune that “you can’t correct wrong things by also acting wrong” after reading the story about his son.

Qwabe senior said he had not yet spoken to his son about the incident, but would discipline him if he felt his version of events was not satisfactory.

Qwabe senior though did say his son was not rebellious, but was “kind and very intelligent”.

Ntokozo hit back at the media this week, telling journalists in Johannesburg on Monday that what was being reported was “not the real story”, News24 reported.

“You must distinguish between the story as it happened and the story as it is told by the media," the Oxford scholar said.

“The act of actually writing on that slip, whatever words were written, that line was actually not written by me.”

Qwabe stressed that the true events are clear from the post he published on Facebook, where it was in fact his friend Wandile Dlamini who wrote thenote.

‘Not actual tears’

Qwabe also addressed the accusations that he had made the waitress cry and subsequently gloated about it.

Qwabe had posted: "The waitress comes to us with a card machine for the bill to be sorted out. She sees the note and starts shaking. She leaves us & bursts into typical white tears (like why are you crying when all we’ve done is make a kind request? lol!)"

But the student activist on Monday said he did not mean that Schultz had literally cried, News24 reported.

He explained that "white tears" referred to when a person was "challenged to think about a question and they start getting uncomfortable".

"It is not literal tears. A lot of people now think that what we did was make all these people cry. No we didn't.

Neither the waitress, nor the manager actually cried, he said, and he told them both their message was not a personal attack.

“It's not true that there was this bullied waitress who cried."

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