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Racist tweets: Models reach agreement

2012-11-02 21:02

Johannesburg - Two female models criticised for tweeting racist comments in May have reached a settlement agreement with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).

"The comments were accepted as constituting hate speech by the parties," the commission said in a statement.

"In terms of the agreement, the respondents made a public apology to the complainants, the commission, and the public."

On 3 May, Jessica Leandra dos Santos told her 2591 twitter followers: "Just, well took on an arrogant and disrespectful kaffir inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have [sic]."

Dos Santos, who was men's magazine FHM model of the year in 2011, later deleted the controversial tweet and posted an apology on her blog jessicaleandra.com.

FHM disowned her and stripped her of her title. One of her sponsors, QuickTrim, which makes weight-loss products, dropped her, while hundreds of people sent messages on Twitter expressing their dismay.

In response to this on 7 May, fellow model Tshidi Thamana tweeted: "Dear Mr Peter Mokaba, I wish all whites had been killed when you sang 'Kill the Boer', then we wouldn't have to experience @JessicaLeandra's racism."

Thamana's tweet also drew widespread condemnation. It was later removed from the social networking site, although she initially defended herself:

"Dear all... Why do people think I am a racist when I said it was wrong to be racist SMH [shaking my head]... Really!" she tweeted.

The SAHRC received 73 complaints over the two's tweets.

The agreement between the two was reached on 27 September.

In a written statement, Thamana said: "I... hereby tender my summary and unequivocal apology to the public, the commission, and complainants who were adversely hurt and offended by the statements made by myself in the manner described in this report.

"I therefore truly and genuinely apologise for making such statements."

She accepted the commission's recommendations and said she would not conduct herself "in a manner associated with hate and hurtful speech or racism".

The SAHRC said Dos Santos "provided a similar written undertaking".

It said the common thread in the 73 complaints lodged against the two was that the tweets amounted to hate speech.

"The commission hopes that this agreement encourages both the youth and society at large to take conscious steps toward nation building, respect for the Constitution, the rights of others, [and] tolerance and respect for diversity," it said.

Comments
  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-11-02 21:17

    Oh for .......four, five, six. Hope this is the last we hear from these two childish models. Miles too much publicity for such undeserving young women.

      LutherKingsley - 2012-11-02 22:11

      Old news, we all know why people are racist, probably the crime demographic stats that caused this.

      Nicholas.Spaggiari - 2012-11-03 02:30

      The punishment to the white girl seems so severe, but have a look at the consequence to the black girl for claiming all whites should be killed. All she got was tweets removed. The all whites should be killed is far more racists, than labelling one person a racist name. Then lastly, what sort of punishment did the black person get who was also in the wrong, being sexually abusive, violating, discriminating and racially degrading to the white girl. I'm all for justice, but not when it's targeted at one dog in a pack of wolves. But... and that's a big but... I've come to realise tho, that with a national average IQ of 72 in South Africa... I think it may be justified then to let those that are clearly mentally retarded to just be as they are, so maybe that's why we let them off the hook so easily.

  • mynhardt.johan - 2012-11-02 21:22

    Who's taking care of the caretaker?

  • kokwana.map - 2012-11-02 21:24

    At least they were true to themselves.

  • mike.down.5492 - 2012-11-02 21:29

    Two mindless bimbos

  • jaded.oldfart - 2012-11-02 21:34

    never heard of either of them. not news. let's move on....

  • Tony.Montana.Moelenyane - 2012-11-02 21:50

    Its about time we all unite, and hope for a better mzansi

  • marcia.greune - 2012-11-02 22:05

    Funny how the white racist got all her titles stripped from her and lost all her sponsors/jobs, and the black racist only gave an apology online??. ..

      John - 2012-11-03 04:08

      TVpillay, if that's true than the article should've stated it. People will naturally be curious as to what the other offender's punishment was.

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-11-03 06:43

      She started it,and deserved to be severly punished.She grew up in a racist environment.These are the incidences which makes your DA not to win majority of black voters trusts,because white racists continues to support their own.

  • sipho.mbulawa - 2012-11-03 06:26

    Before all this I did not know about these \models\. Now who won???

  • lwandile.sobantu - 2012-11-03 08:33

    this racist thing wont stop here in south africa because of knowing you will apologies, the court must take its own serious part on such issues like these.

  • osama.pascal - 2012-11-03 08:58

    #YAWN# Stale irrelevent random wannabe news. Let them play with their cakes and F... off. Who do they they they are.

  • simon.mwando - 2012-11-03 09:17

    Welcome to so called rainbow nation!\r\nYou may force the horse to the river but you can't force it to drink water.

  • lezdart - 2012-11-03 11:12

    bit..es be crazy:)

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