Twitter: Zille lays charge of hate speech against racist reverend

2012-01-10 00:00

A SELF-PROCLAIMED minister who wrote on Twitter that a “material number of whites” had to be killed to end racism, yesterday said he should have thought twice before tweeting this message.

Premier of the Western Cape and DA leader Helen Zille laid a charge of hate speech with the police in response to the provocative message from Kemo Waters, who calls himself “reverend Kemo Waters” on Twitter early on Saturday morning.

In his following tweets, Waters wrote white people should be ashamed that something like the ANC was needed and that racism is a form of heresy as it questions God’s creation of Africans.

Zille did not delay and charged Waters with hate speech on Twitter on the same night.

The singer Steve Hofmeyr also took on Waters after he had accused Hofmeyr of having a “racist soul” and that the song De la Rey is his lullaby.

Many joined the debate and Waters was criticised by people of all colours.

Waters yesterday told Beeld he has, since his tweet, received three anonymous threats over the phone.

His number is still avaialble on the Internet because he moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town as founder of the KemoTherapy Institute of Truth.

He manages the institute from his home and plans to change it into a church in which he will be a minister.

Waters yesterday tweeted his apology to anyone affected by his words.

He said he wrote it to get Helen Zille’s attention and to get people talking about racism in Cape Town.

Waters said he did not intend for people to take up weapons and start a civil war.

He added he did not want to kill any white people, but he saw why people could interpret his tweet as murderous. He said he was angry and let rip.

“If I sat and thought about it, I probably would not have written it.”

Waters mentioned racism against black people is not taken seriously enough in Cape Town and that he as a black man often receives inferior service. He said he wants to move back to a “friendlier” Johannesburg.

Zille said there were several other ways for Waters to get her attention.

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