DA responds to models' racist tweets

2012-05-07 15:43
Cape Town - "The damage has been done."

This is what Democratic Alliance national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane has said in an open letter on the organisation's website about the recent racist tweets by models Jessica Leandra dos Santos and Tshidi Thamana.

The furore started on Thursday night when FHM Model winner Dos Santos posted the following update on her Twitter page:

"Just, well took on an arrogant and disrespectful kaffir inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have".

After a public outcry and withdrawals from sponsors, Jessica Leandra made an apology on her website which many said was "insincere".

On Sunday model Tshidi Thamana posted the following message on her Twitter account, which has now been deactivated:

"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 [sic]."

She has since apologised for the tweet.

Offered his home

Maimane details the damage he feels has been caused by these tweets, writing: "Divisions are wider than they were before. The efforts of Nelson Mandela and so many others to reconcile our nation have been dealt a severe blow."

Further in the open letter, the DA spokesperson says he does not see Dos Santos and Thamana as "truly racist".

"I understand that we are all shaped to a greater or lesser extent by the environment we grow up in. I don't believe that either of you are truly racist – I think you just lost your way somewhere along the line."

Maimane even offered his home as a meeting place for the two models to reconcile.

"As role models, you now have an unprecedented opportunity to show South Africa what true reconciliation is all about. I believe you would do South Africa a great service if the two of you were to meet up and talk through your issues in person.

"I would be happy to host you both at my home."

Read the full letter here.


  • lotz.ilse - 2012-05-07 15:52

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if they actually took him up on this? Then some good could come out of this disgusting mess

      Joe - 2012-05-07 21:49

      Agreed. Many harsh words are spoken in anger. If left, it could just fester and damage even more. Turn this about, much like the Santam /Nandos issue which South Africa loved and it could lead to better understanding.

      Preshen - 2012-05-08 10:43

      They should make both models settle it out in a mud ring

      Edward - 2012-05-08 12:51

      Maybe the good would be that the ANC would decide that they aren't the "struggle" party, that ended 18 years ago. Now they have a much more difficult task in that they are the governing party and there is no time for "reliving the struggle" if they are going to govern effectively in the 21st century.

      Preshen - 2012-05-09 14:24

      Twitter and Facebook must make an app for South African to block out racist comment so people don’t get fired

  • tobydt - 2012-05-07 15:53

    Jacob would host the meeting too :P

      Joe - 2012-05-07 21:41

      Good idea - maybe get Julius there at the same time. They also have issues to resolve :) Rather not as it will cost us all a packet again in tenders for protection, decorations, planning ... ;)

      Mark - 2012-05-08 08:24

      .. taxi money and breakfast the next day.

  • Sibusiso - 2012-05-07 15:57

    Both of them should serve sometime behind the bars. S.A doesn't need racists

  • Allstar - 2012-05-07 15:58

    Good on you, Sir. You are an asset to our country.

      Eric - 2012-05-07 16:39

      He's more like the proverbial "Johnny Come Lately" - trying to score political points for the DA! None of his bosses in Cape Town had the guts to condemn the wannabe "model and actress" on Twitter over the weekend. Bah!

      Andres - 2012-05-07 17:11

      @Eric: Read and stay informed before you spew lies. Helen responded on the same day. do your homework before you comment.

  • Henk - 2012-05-07 16:03

    now can the da please tell us why didnt their parl leader said anything about thamana's tweets!? she was quick to open her mouth about dos santos tweet!

      Bruce - 2012-05-07 16:16

      Please learn to write decent English or Afrikaans for that matter. Maybe your first sentence would make sense. What is "the da" and "parl"? Spell check doesn't like them either!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 16:22


      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-07 16:29

      Huh? If you bothered you would have seen the many messages from DA leaders from the start, don't be a idiot your whole life. Actually try and keep up..

  • Henry - 2012-05-07 16:10

    Racist Models...She said, She said...how about illiterate models? Surely that would clear the air..

  • Mark - 2012-05-07 16:10

    Models should just stick to looking pretty, they don't have the intellect to comment on politics or anything else for that matter and should just keep their mouths shut...!! They do more damage than good....

      Phuti - 2012-05-09 08:35

      They r better compared with most people on this forum.

  • Andre - 2012-05-07 16:15

    The first model made an unfortunate utterance due to sexual harassment. The second model committed hate speech, and that is a VERY BIG difference!

      IcemanGP - 2012-05-07 16:18

      But they will say that the second model is justified.

      Koos - 2012-05-07 16:30

      I disagree. As a white afrikaner I totally distance myselkf from the initial outburst, and then for her to blame it on 'sexual harasement' - the standard defense/excuse. Nonsense. As a white afrikaner I will concede that my 'race' overstepped and started something that should be buried in the past. I will even go so far as apologise.

      Tumelo - 2012-05-07 16:52

      Both should be painted with the same paint or brush! Both made racist remarks. When you are squezzed you release what's inside you period!

      greeff.kotze - 2012-05-07 17:11

      Nonsense. The k-word represents the dehumanisation of black people. Dehumanisation of the other (i.e. portraying them as somehow "less human" and thus less deserving of human rights) is one of the steps on the road to genocide - which is what the second model was advocating. If you refuse to recognise that the "unfortunate utterance" is just as hateful as openly advocating genocide, then you are employing double standards based on the race of the perpetrators, and are thus, in fact, being racist - though I would hope unintentionally so. It's called the Ultimate Attribution Error, and it's only one of many forms of Cognitive Bias that make good people perpetrate ugly things like racism. It's human to do it, but by training your mind you can avoid it.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-05-07 16:17

    Are we to expect yet another black and white DA Poster?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-07 16:28


      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 17:10

      yes, they will use the two models.

  • tumiblake - 2012-05-07 16:21

    How do you say that the efforts to reconcile the nation has suffered a blow

  • frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-05-07 16:30

    Oh hell, now when is this storm in a teacup going to subside? It is becoming the same sort of farce than the Reitz 4! Enough already!!

      sydney.matubandlela - 2012-05-07 16:43

      Frank we can't just wish these things away, it is actually the reason why we still keep seeing them every now and then because post 1994 we never got to deal with the issue of racism, and for as long as we don't want to talk about it, it will continue to haunt us,

  • Fhedzani Sadiki - 2012-05-07 16:34

    i dont buy it, this man just want to get the two girls in his house lmao

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 16:53

      @Christian, you are the only one who mentioned "sex", have you noticed? what does it say about you then? HAHAHAHAHAHAH

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-07 16:54

      @Christian, read the other comments about "two girls in my house..." - 99% coming from black guys. Come on peeps, seriously, grow up.

      lindelwad - 2012-05-07 20:41

      Lol couldn't stop thinking the same thing too. But seriously this is a good gesture from him

  • Itse - 2012-05-07 16:34

    Why let a word have so much power over you.I'm black and the K word has no power over me...I feel sorry for the ''models'',guess it's true about models and blondes:) and she's got it bad,she's a model and blonde:)

      Byron - 2012-05-07 19:40

      that's understandably brave - so, one day you're standing there in the presence of your spouse/gf/sister(s)/ mother and/or grandmother and one of them is called a K**** - your *true* reaction would be ... ?

  • Thozi - 2012-05-07 16:41

    It's such a pity that statements and counter-statements like these still occupy much of our valuable time. There are real issues of crime, poverty, joblessness, hunger, corruption, etc., that really need our attention and action. The two models, who I regard as unfortunately "still naive", have come up with unfortunate statements - let them apologise and we move forward to attend to the real human needs. If there's somebody out there who thinks that such racial statements will ever dry up, don't hold your breath - it will never happen!

      JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-05-07 17:20

      Prosecute them both!!

  • Gareth - 2012-05-07 16:43

    Both models were wrong in saying what they said and deserve the punishment that they've gotten. Don't know why two models on a stupid social networking site have been able to start such a big race war again.

  • greeff.kotze - 2012-05-07 16:43

    Her website makes my anti-virus software get all upset. I suggest you remove the link from the article. Not only is she a racist, she also spreads malware - clearly a thoroughly reprehensible human being.

  • zwivhuyamufamadi - 2012-05-07 16:44

    Thamana stupid attention seeker.

  • pmmaluleka - 2012-05-07 16:45

    What this two models said is properterous. Truth be told, we may have certain issues as people of south africa and bieng racist is a big part of them. Yes there may still be people who are discriminet. We need to deal with this issue in a more serious way and teach society the dangers of stereotypical discrimination. Let us take a stand and not let such issues destroy a peaceful society, it took us 18 years to get where we are, let us move forward instead of taking a step back. We are more intelligent than that. Blacks are not fools.

  • Heiku - 2012-05-07 16:46

    Whenever there is a huge public interest in ANYTHING the DA jumps on the bandwagon. They never seem to create any public interest in anything though.

      Gareth - 2012-05-07 16:51

      Like every other political party in the world

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-07 16:52

      Yawn.... Give it up, you looking like such a tool right now.

  • Osama - 2012-05-07 16:48

    \I would be happy to host you both at my home.\ - NEEDLESS TO COMMENT TO THE STATEMENT. Lmfao!

  • waterloo.mathis - 2012-05-07 16:51

    Racism will not be finished but can diminish...

  • Hermann - 2012-05-07 16:57

    What I miss in this storm in a tea cup is the politicallycorrect white liberal screaming against Tshidi Thamana like they did in the case of Jessica Leandra dos Santos . Hey are we not a bunch of hypocrates? When will we get real? Perhaps the answer is floating in the wind.

  • Gail - 2012-05-07 17:06

    Don't paint all white South Africans with the racist brush, when one stupid foul mouthed person does something racist. It does not mean the whole of S.A. is going backwards. We give those people too much power by doing that.. There will always be people who are racist, be they black or white !!

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 17:09

    "After a firestorm of controversy surrounding racist tweets, FHM 2011 Modelbook model Jessica Leandra dos Santos has decided to turn to life coaching to better deal with sexual harassment.".... this is from mail and guardian... Wasn't she supposed to seek coaching on how to rid her racist being. I concur with those who say her apology was insincere.

      Gareth - 2012-05-07 17:12

      And the other one? She actually refused to apologise before she was told to? Double standards you complain about, yet exibhit them yourself.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-07 17:17

      Ai siya, you showing us YOUR racism by condemning the white girl but remaining silent on the black girl... tut tut... hypocrite?

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-07 17:19

      @Gareth, she refused to apologise? she is no better than the other. I don't condone her conduct at all.

  • ngonimclean - 2012-05-07 17:11

    Just put the two models in a box and throw it out to sea

  • Vaaldonkie - 2012-05-07 17:16

    Don't they have better things to waste their time on?

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-07 17:42

    Calling someone an offensive name is hardly anything compared to wishing death upon people.

      sabongam - 2012-05-08 11:07

      Now Tony its because you have never suffered so its easy for you to just make that statements...Have you ever had your dignity taken away so much so that you would rather have a person kill you...Ask farmworkers who are disrespected and called the k word day in day out...

  • goodman.segage - 2012-05-07 18:09

    I doubt the ideal behind the letter was not invite the models, but to publish da'site!

  • Mo - 2012-05-07 19:46

    Maimane is an exemplary leader. I will vote for him as my president any day...

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-05-07 21:19

    This is the curse of tweeter and facebook. If you want to be noticed just say something irresponsible and stupid on your account. Tell your friend to phone the newspapers to tell them you have been a racist twit on your tweeter account. The papers will splash it all over the world and voila... you are well known and famous. How do the papers know about this tweets??? Do they sit the whole day checking every tweet on the net if it's racist or not??? Also this Maimane girl is a fool wanting to entertain such shallow minded half breed idiots??? He is also looking for attention like this twits or maybe he is looking for something more!!!

  • lucky.maduwa - 2012-05-07 22:24

    jessica i for one dont need your apology,your parents raised u bad dear, racism its the things of the past as far as im concerned u slut...

      yolande.gunter - 2012-05-08 16:47

      And yrs raised you better? I doubt...

      lucky.maduwa - 2012-05-09 07:11

      u dought oh please what do u know wena,get out of here..bloody Agent

      yolande.gunter - 2012-05-11 19:19

      Well you definitely don't have manners..as we can see from the way you speak to and about people...

  • brionyl.french - 2012-05-08 06:05

    I think we need to focus on more serious matter than some racial slur, Sadly we cant always watch what we say... but I think RAPE is a far more serious thing to be up in arms over... Sorry this is Petty

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-08 06:25

    The hate seems even worse from Thamana, Dos Santos merely does not like black men much, Thamana would like all white people killed! Does not give the modelling industry a very good name, it gives the impression models lack grey matter. Anyway, the reason so many of us are racist is the support Mokaba and Malema get from the black community, both call (called) for black people to kill us - and we're meant to love you when you feel like that towards us?

  • myfriendshane - 2012-05-08 09:09

    Man, that would be wonderful. Come on girls..... show us all how it is done !! And Mr Mmusi Maimane.... you are already showing us how it is meant to be done... well done !!

  • marlene.watson - 2012-05-08 09:35

    There is still so much racism in SA. My daughter's friend (white male) lives in an apartment block in CT. His neighbour is an African woman. Whenever she passes him in the hallway, she calls him a "white bastard".

  • marlene.watson - 2012-05-08 09:38

    There is still so much racism in SA. My daugter's friend (white male) lives in an apartment block in CT. His neighbour is an African Female. She was unhappy about too much noise (a few friends over on a Saturday night) and now, whenever she passes him in the hallway, she calls him a "White Bastard".

      nomalanga.makwe - 2012-05-08 13:06

      This should be reported, its uncalled for...don't just let it go, she has no right to name a child like that.hope aLl goes well

  • Ben - 2012-05-08 10:32

    Cant believe all this hype around two dumb nobodies...

  • Ingi - 2012-05-08 10:48

    I would like to know what happens to comments which just disappear? What I said was fair and just. I entered it last evening and read it before I logged off.

  • Roy - 2012-05-08 14:39

    This "woman" Tshidi Thamana shows exactly how blacks feel towards whites. We speak about racism but blacks are the biggest racist you can get but they get away with saying as they wish and doing as they please. Leandra made a big mistake but she apologized,will this other woman do likewise and mean it? Lets see if she will also be haled before the HRC.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-05-08 16:19

    Me & my lil sis, who was 12yrs old at the time, we're walking on the sidewalk of an empty street in a PTA suburb. New to the place, we had been visiting family. We were trying to follow the directions we got abt how to get to a small shopping centre nearby. A Tazz drove by from behind, fully loaded. A white guy leaned out the window and called us Ks. Just. Like. That. Just saw 2 young blk females and boom! Just like that.

  • Phuti - 2012-05-09 08:30

    Racism is alive because I witness it everyday on news24 by insults being hurled @ blacks .

      Lanfear - 2012-05-09 09:19

      And vice versa!

  • Stephen - 2012-05-09 11:28

    What Mr Maimane said makes total sense, as a SA Citzen I laud him, instead of throwing stones, lets sort out the problem. We White, Black, Indian etc who are citzens need to live in this country together. War, Social unrest, racism will not solve the problems, but acceptance of each other as humans will. These ladies said things in the heat of momemnt, let use this opertunity to calmly resolve the issue.

  • Chris - 2012-05-10 03:52

    dom mait !!

  • dannymothilall.danny - 2013-02-06 12:17

    E Envy Anger Greed These are all elements of self destruction-The Eagle Lust Ego

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