Scott says he has apologised to colleague for racial slur

2011-09-08 10:09

Radio presenter Darren Scott has apologised to colleague Africa Tshoaedi for calling him a “kaffir”, he told Talk Radio 702’s John Robbie.

“The next day I tried to contact the man concerned ... and on Monday we got together face to face ... We spoke about it, I apologised and he accepted it unequivocally,” Scott claimed.
Scott said he had been provoked over unpaid loans, and that he was drunk at the time he used the word.

“He started provoking me ... and a racial slur came out.

“He had a habit of loaning money from people from the radio station ... He always asked for the big amounts from me ... Subsequently, he bought himself a car and bought himself a house.

“After the team building ... we all had a few drinks ... He was not a part of our group ... and he started provoking me.

“I said to him ... you not welcome here, leave ... and he did leave and one of the Jacaranda people ... dragged him back and he started provoking me more and it was just a combination of everything ... I exploded and a racial slur came out that shouldn’t have,” Scott said.

After they met to discuss the incident, Scott said: “He then thanked me and said he wanted to pay me back ... (but) it’s not about the money.”

Darren confirmed that he had resigned from Jacaranda, but said he was not asked to leave. He also explained why he swore at a Beeld reporter, who broke the story.

“For a newspaper to write an article ... without my comment, I think was very unfair ... They got a whole lot of facts wrong.”

His lawyer later phoned Beeld and apologised on his behalf. He said he had not been fired by SuperSport, where he presents rugby.

He was on an indefinite leave of absence from them until the situation was sorted out.

SuperSport spokesperson Clinton van der Berg told Beeld that Neil Andrews and Peter Davies would take over as presenters for the upcoming rugby World Cup, which Scott was supposed to present.

“We are aware of this whole situation and granted the leave,” Van der Berg said.

Tshoaedi could not be reached for comment.

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