Twitter race row reverend apologises

2012-01-10 08:36

Cape Town - A self-proclaimed minister who tweeted that a large number of white people should be killed to eradicate racism, said on Monday he should have thought twice before tweeting.

He singled out DA leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille in the tweet.

Zille laid a charge of hate speech with the police after Kemo Waters, who referred to himself as Reverend Kemo Waters on Twitter, wrote in the early hours of Saturday morning: “The only way to end racism is to kill a material number of whites. @helenzille your indifferent and patronising stance is a double dare...”

In his next few tweets he wrote that white people should be ashamed that an organisation like the ANC was necessary and that racism was a form of blasphemy as it questioned part of God’s creation of Africans.

Zille accused Waters of hate speech on Twitter on Saturday.

Singer Steve Hofmeyr also took on Waters, who then accused Hofmeyr of having a “racist soul” and that the song De la Rey was his lullaby.

Many took part in the debate and Waters was criticised by people of all races.


Waters told Beeld on Monday that he had received threatening anonymous phone calls since making the remarks.

He moved to Cape Town from Johannesburg last year to start the KemoTherapy Institute of Truth.

He intended for it to be turned into a church.

He apologised on Monday to those affected by his words on Twitter.

“I said it to get Helen Zille’s attention and to get people talking about racism in Cape Town.

“I didn’t mean that people should take up weapons and start a civil war,” he said.

Waters also said he didn’t want to kill white people, but realised people could interpret his words in this way.

Zille said there were several other ways in which Waters could get her attention without making such remarks.

  • JamesBotha1 - 2012-01-10 08:45

    It is people like you who make Christianity cheap, who want to listen to a preacher who make statements like this. You are what the bible is saying in the last days you will see many false prophets , they have no love for each other....

      cornen1 - 2012-01-10 08:56

      You don't need people like this to make Christianity cheap. The bible teaches intolerance...

      Christelle - 2012-01-10 09:00

      I totally agree with you. We just do not need people blasting their racial intolerance. We need reconciliation before anything else - that will be a damn good foundation to a better SA.

      Christelle - 2012-01-10 09:02

      @JamesBotha - my agreement was with you......

      Elaine - 2012-01-10 09:18

      This man is patently not a Christian. He's obviously starting a money-making racket that pulls the wool over eyes so that he can dive into their pockets!

      Burtfred - 2012-01-10 10:02

      He's not a Christian. His apology is not enough. He should be charged with hatespeech and incitement to genocide.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-10 11:49

      I agree with @cornen1. The bible is the biggest load of dribble ever, it advocates intolerance and hatred. If your child is naughty... stone him/her. But as usual, the religious types choose which parts of the bible they want to adhere to.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-10 11:51

      FYI im not saying all religious people are bad or evil. They are not, they have good intentions. It's the religion part that screws everything up, be it Christianity, Islam etc...

      Akili - 2012-01-10 12:22

      @Christelle: Reconciliation before anything else is meaningless to me as a dispossessed African, how about equality and wealth redistribution before anything else. I think that could work quite well...

      Kaizer - 2012-01-10 12:33

      @akili - maybe you should move your faty lazy backside off the couch and start WORKING for a living. Give it a try. Also read the article on here about the graduates being produced and the effects of bee before you start spewing forth your nonsense you were fed along with the free happy meal you got for attending a anc leadership course.

      Harry - 2012-01-10 13:02

      @ Akili redistribution what a joke, why are the wealthy blacks not sharing their wealth with the rest, these days there are more black millionaires than ever, but unfortionatly thay are not sharing either!!!!! Redistribution of wealth will have to be coulor blind and I dont think Julius Malema will have all that much to say when people start asking him to devide all he owns between the less fortunate. Do you really think he will be willing to share with the rest, and if your answer is yes when will he be starting to share, he has the oppertunatity to be the example an show everybody how its done!!! I just don't think that is going to happen do you?

      Hamrammr - 2012-01-10 14:10

      All I know is that the Gods of old is calling us! More are awakening to the Folkish ways as the weaknesses of Christianity is becoming more apparent... Hail Odin!

  • Michelle - 2012-01-10 08:47

    What an idiot! And you call yourself a "reverend"? Of the anitchrist church, maybe. There's no place in our society for people like this.

  • Clayton - 2012-01-10 08:48

    All i need to ask is why does this idiot have to, talk crap like this.

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  • RatexZa - 2012-01-10 08:49

    Know your audience!!! Sounds like a PR stunt to me. Good luck getting members to your "church"

  • Marius - 2012-01-10 08:50

    De la rey a racist song??. The Boers were white, the British were white, the song is about the Anglo Boer War. I can make a racist link to any song in the world....if I want to, really want to, but then again, I'm not Kemo Waters! Come to think of it...does the song instill fear in your heart...because YOU are a RACIST?

      Johan - 2012-01-10 09:42

      Marius, because De La Ray is the only thing they can hold onto, even though the song isn't even about them.

      Andries - 2012-01-10 10:37

      well said Marius.

      fezile.nkosi - 2012-01-10 10:44

      Sorry Johan but who is They????

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-10 12:44

      @fezile, "they" are "those" who find De la Rey a racist song... why? What were you implying?

  • RiyaazIsmail - 2012-01-10 08:51

    The apology is not good enough.It shpould be coupled with an act of restorative justice with which Helen Zille is happy with.I an in no way an imbongi of her or the DA.

      Elaine - 2012-01-10 09:16

      I agree. This should be allowed to run its course and he should be made an example of. People like him should realise that you have to take responsiblity for you words and actions.

      Andries - 2012-01-10 10:39

      @Elaine, very sorry to burst your bubble, but no example will be made of this. it will die softly a couple of years from now after wasting hundreds of thousands of rands of my money to try and protect him.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-10 08:51

    Here we have a preacher, telling everyone to ignore one of the Ten Commandments, encouraging people to start practicing genocide. How will this country ever come right when we have idiots like this (Black, White, Indian, Coloured) walking amongst us?

  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 08:52

    Another racist with a one way ticket to loserville and a date with a Magistrate. He must be feeling very very sorry for himself around about now. If this had been a white person it would have made front page news. Seems he has stopped taking his medication, I mean really, who in their right frame of mind would advertise their hate speech on the with dementia clearly....and ANC politicians.

  • Herman - 2012-01-10 08:52

    Bring it on you pathetic, idiotic racist!

  • The-third - 2012-01-10 08:54

    What a jackass.

  • Neeus - 2012-01-10 08:55

    Another loon in the name of religion... The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.- Bertrand Russell

  • lebo.lathane - 2012-01-10 08:55

    For real now! Kemo's watery brain needs to be examined!

  • Moss - 2012-01-10 08:55

    Stupid Reverend/pastor who just uses God namev to make money for themselfs.He uses twitter to market himself with racial issues. I believe christian,and churche should be custodiam of peace, togetherness rather than what these hooligan Reverend is upto....

  • Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2012-01-10 08:55

    A wolf in sheep's clothing..

  • Michelle - 2012-01-10 08:57

    "Waters also said he didn’t want to kill white people, but realised people could interpret his words in this way..." How else would we interpret this statement? Could it be that there's someone dumber than Malema?

      Jean-Louis - 2012-01-10 09:48

      it seems so !!!!!!!!!!

      clivegoss - 2012-01-10 11:13

      However impossible that appeared to be Julius now has an "understudy"

  • PaasHaas - 2012-01-10 08:58

    Kemo Waters - Christianity's answer to Boko Haram

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-10 08:58

    He only had enough time to change the foot he had in his mouth !

  • gerry.pelser - 2012-01-10 08:59

    What a wanker.

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  • Daan - 2012-01-10 09:01

    The he-boon.

  • Greg - 2012-01-10 09:08

    I would love to bump into this guy one day.... I will show him exactly what I think of him! Disgusting PIG! People should be prosecuted for making comments like that!

  • Aden - 2012-01-10 09:08

    Out of order reverend!I can only agree with you on one thing and it is that we as South Africans are running away from the truth that racism is still alive and kicking in South_Africa.I can't believe that a racist like Steve Hofmeyer are now so up in arms after his racist opinions on black people.We must be honest with ourself and talk openly about racism in our country.IT DID NOT VANISH AFTER 1994!!!I will pray that GOD WILL FORGIVE the rev. At least people are talking about it!!!

      Chum Scrubber - 2012-01-10 11:08

      This is not talking, its just aliening us more from one another. Destructive stuff, nothing remotely constructive about it.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-10 12:10

      Racism will always be around, as there will always be hateful, ignorant people. We just need to try remove the bad weeds as much as possible...

  • Elaine - 2012-01-10 09:12

    Isn't it funny how people think they can say the most outrageous things and then say they could be misinterpreted and taken out of context! What is there not to understand about 'the only way to end racism is to kill a meterial number of whites' and then say he was aiming at Mrs Zille especially!

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-10 09:13

    Jesse Jackson's long lost brother!

  • Karring - 2012-01-10 09:17

    F**king idiot, for someone who claims to be a intellectual it seems like your bluddy brain is the size of a pea. Kemo Waters mabe you should be axed.....

  • Odicito - 2012-01-10 09:19

    What a bug!

  • Cassandra - 2012-01-10 09:20

    "Waters also said he didn’t want to kill white people, but realised people could interpret his words in this way." How the f*^$ else can a person interrupt “The only way to end racism is to kill a material number of whites" Oo idiots like this make me so mad! How dare you call yourself a Reverend!

      Johan - 2012-01-10 09:41

      Because he probably isn't. He is a reverend in the same say that traditional healers think of themselves as "doctors".

  • stefanie.dutoit.Ash - 2012-01-10 09:20

    All of the racist issues aside, can someone please explain to me what the f the song "De la Rey" has to do with black x white racism??????

      Kgabo - 2012-01-10 10:06

      Kemo waters i guess!!?? i mean really now..we have serious issues than this brainless bimbo..

  • Mark - 2012-01-10 09:22

    Google+ Listing: Kemo Waters: Occupation: Aurthor, DJ, Evangelist Interesting that he has trouble spelling his occupation especially if he really is an Author.

      Kgabo - 2012-01-10 10:07

      lol..Mark, right there...

  • sandytaylor11 - 2012-01-10 09:23

    As l have said in earlier comments, the older and more feeble Mandela gets, these racists morons become more emboldened and these comments are made. It only takes one idiot to take up the call and you have mass murder on your hands. Now l wait to see what happens to him, the right way, via the courts

  • mike.reid6 - 2012-01-10 09:24

    how on earth can you accuse him of being a racist? his comments were aimed against whites. if you look at how the world looks at racisim it is only when a white person says anything against a person of colour and never the other way around. but hey he apologised so it must be ok.

  • atholl.hay - 2012-01-10 09:26

    Have a look at this idiot's Facebook profile. He is no reverend, just an attention-seeking NOBODY who has attracted a huge amount of attention through one racist tweet. IGNORE.

  • Jason - 2012-01-10 09:27

    You wanting to Kill white people is racism you idiot! Seriously, this brings me back to the discussion about the poor levels of education in SA.

      Kgabo - 2012-01-10 10:12

      Jay, this has nothing to do with THAT problem, this is pure ignorance and attention seeking idiocy..

  • Genesistt - 2012-01-10 09:28

    See, this is the problem with social networking. You type something and just hit enter without thinking of what you're actually saying and then people could get hurt. And just by the way, not only white people are racist. If you show intolerance to any racial group other than your own, you're a racist. No matter what the colour of your own skin. Why can't we just live and let live?

      antoinette.jordaan - 2012-01-10 11:50

      I don't think it's in human nature to "live and let live". Sad truth is that every person or group who "stands out" or don't "conform" to a specific belief, look or view is ostracized in one form or another. From America wanting to change the world to be like them, to the more obvious white/black issue. If you look at any issue in any country, it is based on some biased view.

  • Debra Bekker - 2012-01-10 09:30

    It is people like you and that idiot Malema who will ensure that racism continues to flourish in this country. It is my opinion that the majority of people of ALL races just want to live and let live, but moronic imbeciles like you and Malema continue to sow seeds of hatred. You and your ilk are the major reason that my family and I are emigrating. You can destroy this country all by yourselves, I refuse to have any part of it anymore.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-10 12:14

      Yes because running away solves all problems...

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-10 12:39

      I was being sarcastic btw lol

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-01-10 09:30

    Since the "I'm sorry" theory became evident one can kill his own grandmother and then just say I am sorry... Waters should understand that his remarks can cause a war..... I wonder how somebody with this attitude wants to 'create' a 'CHURCH??' What kind of a church could he posibly present? What a joke

      Hans - 2012-01-10 10:41

      or eat his own people in the name of traditional medicine

  • Travis - 2012-01-10 09:31

    Its people like this that poison our beautiful country.

  • brendon.lieberz - 2012-01-10 09:32

    Probably just want publicity.

  • drishworth - 2012-01-10 09:32

    As a 'priest' and 'seeker of the truth' (NOT!), Kemo Waters should know how powerful words can be - to now apologise for his disgusting utterances is not acceptable......... the damage is done. The charge of hate speech must be followed through and this man must pay the price for his stupidity - and clearly his racist thinking.

  • Johan - 2012-01-10 09:32

    "Waters also said he didn’t want to kill white people, but realised people could interpret his words in this way." TYPICAL, TYPICAL, TYPICAL ANC style excuse. "We were misquoted" or "we were misinterpreted". Pathetic!

  • Blip - 2012-01-10 09:32

    Now that Zille has yanked in his bridle, he's come to his senses and sobriety. Bravo, Helen Zille! You've put him in his place.

  • CarlS - 2012-01-10 09:32

    Twitter should have an IQ test as part of the sign up process. That would take care of the "reverend" and Steve.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-01-10 12:18

      Twitter? Forget that! Anyone who wants to be a politician or work in government should be required to have a certain IQ (90) or greater.

  • Dean - 2012-01-10 09:33

    Kemo... needs therapy. He is a cancer in South Africa.

  • Jacques - 2012-01-10 09:33

    KemoTherapy as a name for a ministry? Really?

      Johan - 2012-01-10 09:39

      Yeah, pretty lame. Actually, moerse lame.

  • Johan - 2012-01-10 09:38

    I thought he was all cocky saying that he would never apologize? Fail.

  • Silvana - 2012-01-10 09:39

    "KemoTherapy Institute of Truth" LOL Sounds like a real charlatan. I think he needs a dose of Chemo therapy.

  • Colleen - 2012-01-10 09:40

    Just another attention seeking idiot.

      Beetroot - 2012-01-10 09:41

      Just like his siter Graziella Mali from Nyanga

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  • Warwick - 2012-01-10 09:43

    This is the type of talk that got 800 000 people butchered in Rwanda. And after the white's, what about the Indians and then the Chinese and so on. You are a filthy racsist.