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Manyi says sorry for coloured comment

2011-02-25 20:37

Johannesburg - Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi has apologised "unreservedly" for saying that there are too many coloureds in the Western Cape, according to a statement issued by government communications on Friday.

Manyi was heavily criticised by the ANC and Cosatu for making the "racist and completely unacceptable" remarks on a show broadcast on KykNet's Robinson Regstreeks in March 2010 while he was still the director-general of labour.

The remarks came days after the union Solidarity was criticised for pointing out that around one million coloured people stood to lose their jobs if amendments to the Employment Equity Act (EEA) became law.

"Mr Manyi's comments a year ago sought to underscore the fact that the coloured community forms part of the whole South African nation and he suggested that coloured people could take up opportunities beyond the boundaries of the Western Cape," a statement from Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) deputy chief executive officer Vusi Mona said.

‘Spread out’

"Mr Manyi wishes to acknowledge that offence was taken as people interpreted his statement a year ago.

"For this he apologises unreservedly and calls on all concerned to use the consultation process on the bill to achieve real transformation."

In the interview Manyi said coloureds should "spread in the rest of the country... so they must stop this over-concentration situation because they are in over-supply where they are".

"You must look into the country and see where you can meet the supply," he said.

Cosatu said the remarks would inflame fears within the coloured community.

The ANC distanced itself from Manyi's remarks, saying they were "disturbing" and "unacceptable".
Mona said the debate on the EEA had caused Solidarity to revisit the television interview.

Manyi, he said, has expressed views on transformation in the Western Cape where the coloured community is in the majority, "even though this is not reflected in leadership and management positions in the province".

‘Will not sway govt policy’


Mona said the government's policy proposals were contained in the draft legislation which will soon be subject to the legislative process in Parliament.

"It is mischievous and condescending for anyone to suggest that the perceived influence of an individual could sway government policy," he said.

"The legislative process is one in which all South Africans are routinely invited to participate. The employment equity amendment bill presents another opportunity for people to express their views democratically."

Mona said "concern had to be expressed" that the issue has resurfaced.

"Concern has to be expressed about the fact that this issue has resurfaced, seemingly as part of a vendetta against Mr Manyi, who was recently appointed as government spokesperson - a Cabinet decision that many have sought to undermine."

Comments
  • Mundu - 2011-02-25 20:51

    The Coloured people have every right to be pissed off with the ANC. They really can't "distance themselves" from what was said. It must be what they really think behind closed doors.

      francoisw2 - 2011-02-25 21:09

      couldn't agree more... being a so called "coloured" myself. JUST one question... How many "thorough bloods" are still around? Isn't most of the population already "coloured" with mixed blood streams? LoL

      Dave - 2011-02-25 21:14

      Francois, it should piss anyone off, it truly defies logic and basic human understanding

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-25 21:17

      Not just that, they stil go ahead with the proposed amendments. And yes:"The legislative process is one in which all South Africans are routinely invited to participate. The employment equity amendment bill presents another opportunity for people to express their views democratically." And just as routinely the voice of the minority will be ignored. But they must not forget that the national minority is a provincial majority. Keep running your motormouths guys, you are making campaigning in the western cape very easy.

      francoisw2 - 2011-02-25 21:18

      True Dave! And I think, like Mundu has said; "That's what they really THINK and say behind closed doors"!!

      Dave - 2011-02-25 21:20

      @Paul, naah, just too many ANC supporters

      Dave - 2011-02-25 21:25

      @Francois, of course it is what they think, but they havent got the balls to say so, so they hire and keep fall guys like Julius and this chop to say what they want to say...and if i can apologise to you you as a citizenof this country, this is not how we believe and think

      francoisw2 - 2011-02-25 21:25

      @Dave LoL ... hahahaha... good reply to Paul :-)

      scorpio - 2011-02-26 12:46

      Wonder what would have happened if a white politician had said there were too many blacks in this country !!

      Michael - 2011-02-26 18:36

      Everytime the ANC is found out doing the usual...a underhanded and conniving political strategy to try and thwart their enemy, the Democratic Alliance, they will be found out. We are vigilant and nothing passes us without the greatest scrutiny. We the coloureds that you looked down upon for years are not fools, we are aware of your false promises and will not forget! We have a party that does not look down on us and knows our worth, IT'S HEAVEN so, to HELL with you, ANC!

      Laamja - 2011-02-26 18:47

      And there are too many Xhosas in the Eastern Cape and too many Zulu's Natal...and teh government thinks there are too many white's everywhere...! The Western Cape is their home, they will certainly not fit in anywhere else....Imagine a coloured person in Limpopo..no one will understand him if he said :"Djis, djy moeti kom praat sa myi"

      GetitRight - 2011-03-01 16:13

      Enough apologizing....they have now confirmed wrongdoing....LETS HAVE SOME PROSECUTIONS FOR THIS RACISM. This is how GENOICIDE starts....a few years from now one JIMMY MANYI or his offspring shall be advocating the use of blue stone OR CULLING of the "coloureds' because in his words "THEY ARE IN OVER SUPPLY" in the Western Cape. F#%#ken IDIOT....has he ever heard of the LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. It is the DEMOCRATIC RIGHT of the people of the WESTERN Cape to vote for whoever they choose. JIMMY MANYI and his IDIOTIC policy making shall learn that no amount of attempts at social engineering shall change that fact. @JIMMY...jou ma se @#$#.

  • Dave - 2011-02-25 21:05

    Would the apology have been .ooooo1% more sincere if the mutton chop had said it himelf?

      Mundu - 2011-02-25 21:14

      Yeah but the gene is out the bottle. What has been said, cannot be unsaid.

      Dave - 2011-02-25 21:19

      the Genie is out of the damn bottle and is flying around damn aimlessly , poor Genie

      roadvark - 2011-02-25 22:10

      The genie is a little black fairy that has caused irrepairable harm.

      Fikile - 2011-03-02 14:09

      what where's malema, oh sorry his not a genie he is the genius

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-25 21:07

    Too little too late. Would he and the ANC have apologised if it wasn't an election year?????? They will go ahead with their racist legislation if they loose the elections in the WC. Fortunately their legislation is unconstitutional and can and will be challanged.

      GetitRight - 2011-03-01 16:15

      Enough apologizing....they have now confirmed wrongdoing....LETS HAVE SOME PROSECUTIONS FOR THIS RACISM. This is how GENOICIDE starts....a few years from now one JIMMY MANYI or his offspring shall be advocating the use of blue stone OR CULLING of the "coloureds' because in his words "THEY ARE IN OVER SUPPLY" in the Western Cape. F#%#ken IDIOT....has he ever heard of the LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. It is the DEMOCRATIC RIGHT of the people of the WESTERN Cape to vote for whoever they choose. JIMMY MANYI and his IDIOTIC policy making shall learn that no amount of attempts at social engineering shall change that fact. @JIMMY...jou ma se @#$#.

  • Mxhuma - 2011-02-25 21:10

    Sorry Mr Mona. No amount of spindoctoring is gonna convinceanyone(except yourself and Manyi) about this chap who goes by the name of Jimmy. He made the comment and at that time he was a top official both within govt and business. His views carry a lot of weight. He is a very influencial South African. Since Thabo Mbeki's comments about HIV were "taken out of context", one would expect that people in positions of power would think before airing thier private thoughts. Expect this to be used during the coming elections and please do not claim that they will be making cheap politicking. The anger on the ground is real!

  • will294 - 2011-02-25 21:11

    The "so called" legislative process in a Parliament heavily loaded with ANC (mostly black) MPs. Which way do you think the voting will go?? They really are totally inept and naive - who else would introduce such a bill only weeks before elections??

  • bluejay - 2011-02-25 21:20

    coloured people should really wake up and smell the coffee!the coloured people will become the next african rwanda unless they start organising themselves.the black race are itching to take out the coloured race.

      cerveza - 2011-02-26 07:43

      @Bluejay - sounds like the same crap the apartheid government spewed out to make people support apartheid through fear

      Balmy - 2011-02-27 20:53

      excuse me, we have already smelled the coffee that is why the ANC does not rule in the Western Cape!!!!!

      capetowngirl - 2011-03-04 20:55

      bluejay, are you a freakin' idiot?

  • SaligSondaar - 2011-02-25 21:20

    Comrade Jimmy, your credibility has reached a new low. Quite an achievement - as it was already lower than the Dead Sea. Goodbye, you are the weakest link.

  • ? - 2011-02-25 21:23

    whether this is true or not,i still HATE the ANC.

  • Blip - 2011-02-25 21:27

    It won't be the only time this racist has to eat crow in public.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-25 21:31

    Sorry, don't believe you.

  • kjac - 2011-02-25 21:37

    Jimmy Manyi, so your ANC bosses forced you to apologise "unreservedly". How stupid do you and your bosses think the coloured people are? Shit, the ANC is not renowned for their strategic thinking because their mouths are faster than their brains (Manyi & Malema are prime examples)

  • Breeze - 2011-02-25 21:38

    The ANC "distances" it self from this comment, but it's OK to sing "Kill the Boer" ....???

  • Weeg - 2011-02-25 21:44

    Did he died?

  • tdk25 - 2011-02-25 21:47

    It's incredible the difference between "There are too many coloureds in the Western Cape" and "There are coloureds in the Western Cape"

  • Bonzo - 2011-02-25 21:48

    And this racist poltroon is Government Spokesman! And what's more, despite his 'apology', it was he himself who set in motion the mooted amendments to labour law which Solidarity is rightly, justly, exposing to the world. Despite his apology, the amendments are still up for presentation to Parliament. These ANC are a bunch of double-speak racist goons. Indefensible on any grounds.

  • roadvark - 2011-02-25 21:51

    All that this does is further insult the Coloured people. Does anyone think they will swallow this garbage.

  • Reality - 2011-02-25 22:16

    No Mr Mona, it hasn't resurfaced as a vendetta against Manyi. A few weeks ago I read somewhere about Mr Peter Marais (ex politician) saying he wanted to arrange for a meeting with Mr Zuma to discuss this very issue of the regional and national demography. Maybe you know that if you were on the other side of the fence you would have launched a vendetta!!!!

  • wikipedia - 2011-02-25 22:24

    imagine the kak the ANC would have caused if this Nona fool was a whitey from the DA. Poor oke would be dead. Double standard.

      GrimReaper10 - 2011-02-25 22:41

      @wikipedia very true.

  • GrimReaper10 - 2011-02-25 22:51

    jimmy : "Vendetta! Lies! They are framing me. Im only racist, not stupid!..wait!..I mean im not racist...Im...Its all apartheids fault!"

  • Peter - 2011-02-25 22:53

    BAD headline = "Manyi says sorry for coloured comment". He DID NOT say sorry. A Government spokesman said he was sorry. Very big difference. We still have no idea whether Manyi is sorry or not.

      Mxhuma - 2011-02-25 23:07

      Very true! He remains unrepentant!

  • william.botha - 2011-02-25 23:02

    What a dumbass thing to say.

  • burtfred - 2011-02-25 23:19

    Too many blacks in the Black Management Forum. Manyi, you are plain racist and irrelevant. No amount of apologising is going to make "coloureds" vote for your appalling, Gaddaffie-esque party. You are such a party aparatchik, you don't even have the balls to apologise yourself, you get some other useless ANC f**k to apologise on your behalf.

  • amataranda - 2011-02-26 00:10

    Sounds like a racial profiling nation, not a rainbow nation.

      Gurkan - 2011-02-26 21:18

      Of course, Rainbow does not have black in it.

  • nathang247 - 2011-02-26 00:10

    Uhmmm, I am coloured and live in CT cause I am a result of Van Riebeeck's men raping the Strandloper, Khoisan and other black woman. Furthermore is he going to say there are too many Zulus in KZN? Blady agent. Oh yes my older coloured brothers and sisters also died in the struggle asshole.

      Perfume - 2011-02-26 14:03

      It does not matter who slept with who, because of that there are Coloureds today

  • Bratt - 2011-02-26 00:19

    I've heard people getting fired for less. If this guy said this while he was director-general of labour, couldn't someone foresee him as a liability in a government spokesperson portfolio? I think the ANC is ready to follow Mubarak and shortly Gaddafi. Enough of this BS.

  • tinbot1 - 2011-02-26 07:42

    "Mr Manyi wishes to acknowledge that offence was taken as people interpreted his statement a year ago. For this he apologises unreservedly and calls on all concerned to use the consultation process on the bill to achieve real transformation." Is it just me, or did he not apologise for the comment, but for the fact that offence (sic) was taken? Mom to son: Apologise to your sister for calling her a bitch! Son to sister: I'm sorry that you are a bitch...

      EchoTango - 2011-02-26 11:50

      LOL! that was funny.

  • Chris - 2011-02-26 07:58

    Sorry is just not enough. He should go through the same process as the "Reitz 4". Perhaps it would speed things up is Julius Malema was handled in the same way at the same time for insulting Afrikaners. To quote P-D Uys: the whites and the Blacks were quite happy when they were making us, but now that we are making ourselves they want to complain!!! (ok, live with the historical licence here! SMILE!)

  • Chris - 2011-02-26 08:06

    Sorry just doesn't cut it. Manyi should go through the same public apology and reconiliation process as the "Reitz 4" for insultiing the "coloured" community? Perhaps it would speed things up if Julius Malema was handled at the same time for insulting Afrikaners? To quote P-D Uys: The whites and blacks were quite happy when they were making us, but now that we are making ourselves they want to complain!

  • Jerzy - 2011-02-26 08:29

    The ever swelling squater camps and people standing around Cape Town streets waiting for work are testament to a failed attempt at demographic management in the Western Cape. Now the ANC proposes to legislate gainfully employed people onto the street simply because of their skin colour. Racism in its rawest form.

  • TSaR - 2011-02-26 08:46

    The WC is the coloured people's Nkandla. Only last week did JZ said we should find our Nkandla.

  • chris.van.der.spuy - 2011-02-26 08:50

    Sorry just doesn't cut it. Manyi should go through the same public apology and reconiliation process as the "Reitz 4" for insultiing the "coloured" community? Perhaps it would speed things up if Julius Malema was handled at the same time for insulting Afrikaners? To quote P-D Uys: The whites and blacks were quite happy when they were making us, but now that we are making ourselves they want to complain!

  • Madelane - 2011-02-26 08:53

    Spin doctoring a YEAR after the event and just before elections....ever so believable this apology....the ANC are a racist organisation as is confirmed on a regular basis by their real spokes person Julius not to mention "kill the boer".....time for real South Africans to stand together and oust these self serving hypocrites from power

  • Frankthetank - 2011-02-26 08:54

    i'm sorry that you wear spectacles

  • Julius - 2011-02-26 09:35

    Manyi made these comments a year ago and they still appoint him to be the Government spokesman. He says exactly what the ANC thinks and apologies will not cover the truth of their feelingsHe

      roadvark - 2011-02-26 09:57

      Yeah, they should have scrutinized his baggage before appointing him. The skeletons will continue to tumble out to the great glee of the media and opposition. Well done anc.

  • nicoleen.dickinson - 2011-02-26 10:09

    I am glad he apologised, because in a few generations time, the coloured population may be the majority because of mixed marriages and relationships!

      roadvark - 2011-02-26 19:39

      You may be right. In years to come the small tribal based languages and cultures will die out. (Even the Zulu culture. A small tribe by world standards) and a mixed, western orientated english speaking nation will rise above the racist groupings we have today.

  • Airwolf - 2011-02-26 10:32

    Racist git, Manyi, is only apologizing because he has been forced to. He meant every word he said. The ANC says his comments were "unacceptable" really? if that is the case, what then are they going to do about it? My guess is, absolutely nothing.

      Nurhaan - 2011-03-03 16:20

      Probably give him and increase or better yet, the next president.

  • expatsa - 2011-02-26 13:39

    who the hell does this idiot mnyani think he is....look at his profile on who's who and its apparent that he's been affirmed most of his career. his educational background consists of a diploma and he's not qualified to speak oon behalf of the coloureds. swamping the cape with blacks is not going to work, unless those that migrate pay their taxes and work hard and make a contribution...the strategy's not working idiot, as the coloureds were in the cape long before you developed your single braincell...im a "coloured", well educated with an mba, hardworking, not affirmed, voted anc, pay my taxes, not a "drinker" like you, lived through apartheid and received gutter education, so butt off and scrutinize your own kind...we need more leadership in this country and not half-wits like you....idiot...

  • Perfume - 2011-02-26 13:56

    DONT TRY AND SCRATCH US WHERE WE ARE NOT ITCHING MANYI!!!!!!!! ONS VAT NIE KAK NIE

  • Breathe - 2011-02-26 15:08

    The new legislation is going to hurt our people sorely... both blacks, whites, colourds. Is it only Solidarity Trade Union that has the intelligence to see this. The logic of a pea I say!

  • Turkey eater - 2011-02-26 16:42

    Who the f*&^ is Jimmy ? O, now I remember, Jimmy the C**& .....

  • Turkey eater - 2011-02-26 16:43

    Jou ma se ....

  • GetitRight - 2011-02-26 17:36

    Jimmy Manyi...I expect more of you...instead of such BULLSHIT. Using your warped logic....if I may call it that. The same social engineering would apply to Indians in Durban, Zulu's in Kwa Zulu, Xhosa's in Transkei, and Blacks in South Africa. There are too many in these areas. You are a f..ken clown....and a racist bastard. I suggest if you have some sort of inferiority complex with the so-called 'coloured people'....you consult a psychiatrist. If you have nothing intelligent to say...then SHUT THE F..K UP. WHO THE HELL ARE YOU...TELL US WHERE TO LIVE. So if there should be no employment equity for "coloureds" in the Western Cape who also suffered under APARTHEID. Then apply the same rulings to Indians in Durban, Zulu's in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Xhosa's in the Eastern Cape, South Sotho, Venda's, etc

  • Cybermatix - 2011-02-26 18:28

    And not enough coloureds in the Black Management Forum - For each coloured you add to the BMF, you would double their collective IQ.

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-02-26 19:03

    Northern Cape and Western Cape coloureds may well vote against ANC in elections now

      Balmy - 2011-02-27 21:07

      We have been voting against the ANC hence them not ruling in the Western Cape. I just hope that those who were still voting ANC will have opened their eyes and seen that the ANC does not care about them at all.

  • expatsa - 2011-02-26 19:58

    Jimmy, jou ma se auntie se vet P@$%s...

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      zama.mbhele100 - 2011-03-02 12:40

      So what?

  • Jou - 2011-02-26 20:15

    ONCE AN ANC....ALWAYS A RACIST!!!!!!!

  • Jason - 2011-02-26 22:04

    The law is to punish the Western Capes Coloured's for voting for the DA.

      zama.mbhele100 - 2011-03-02 12:43

      There is no such a thing as coloured people. Its either you are black or white, period. Coloureds are black people, who wish they were white.

      Kullidgirl - 2011-03-02 13:34

      ?

      Kullidgirl - 2011-03-02 13:35

      zama u r ignorant.

      Nurhaan - 2011-03-03 16:25

      Exactly why they wanna get rid of us coloured's here in the Western Cape.

      Nurhaan - 2011-03-03 16:42

      And you,Zama, are a black person who probably has a weave and wears the white mans clothes & drives the white mans cars & lives in the white mans houses & probably went to the white mans school. And now you haven't made anything of your life & now you conveniently choose to blame apartheid. The apartheid card won't work forever eventually you gonna have to think for yourself!

  • Nkunzi - 2011-02-26 22:05

    Ofcourse they would apologise for Manyi's stupidity - but that's only because they know the vote of coloured people are important to them in W Cape. Let's show them what we think of their "indiscretion". "Foot-in-mouth-disease" Manyi - you've just cost the ANC the entire coloured vote in the Province!!!

  • Joryha@24.com - 2011-02-26 22:09

    Manyi you have caused irrepairable damage between the coloured people not only of the western Cape but also across every province in this country, you and your organisation the ANC which you represent. You have demonstrated that you have no regard for the cultural history of the coloured people and that you those you represent are willing to destroy a cultural history to take up battle with the DA because the ANC is hell-bent on governing all provinces although it is failing in good governance in the provinces it run. Coloured people must reject your unreserved apology and show you at the polls in each election what we think of you and those you represent.How many others in your circles share you thoughts? Voters will have the last laugh.