DJ Darren Scott quits over k-word

2011-09-08 07:17
Pauli van Wyk
Johannesburg - Darren Scott has resigned - both as presenter on Jacaranda 94.2 and as key anchor for SuperSport during this month’s Rugby World Cup - after calling a colleague the k-word on Friday.

The colleague, Africa Tshoaedi, was at the receiving end of Scott's sharp tongue after Tshoaedi had failed numerous times to pay back monies that Scott had lent to him on several occasions.

The tongue-lashing began at a bar at the Mabula Lodge near Bela-Bela (Warmbad) where Jacaranda 94.2 had its annual team building.

According to an independent witness, Scott shouted loudly at Tshoaedi - calling him the k-word over and over while bystanders tried to silence him.


A livid Scott called Beeld on Wednesday and said he had resigned from the radio station and television channel. Advocate Les Morison, Scott’s legal representative, said after the angry call, Scott was tearful and very sorry for yelling at a Beeld reporter.

Morison said Tshoaedi had made no attempt over a long period to repay the amounts he borrowed from Scott and their relationship soured accordingly.

"After a work function, ( …) people were meeting and drinking at a bar. The colleague (Tshoaedi) joined the group and Scott told him people who don’t pay their debts were not welcome.

"He (Tshoaedi) then left, but returned later. Scott saw this as provocation and used strong language - calling him the k-word."

Jacaranda 94.2 informed Scott on Monday that the matter is being investigated.

The management has called both employees to order and there are now reportedly no bad feelings between the two.

Tshoaedi did not want to comment.

Just Plain Breakfast

Morison said Scott is under a lot of pressure stemming from his public responsibilities.

"After what happened he is falling apart. He feels very sorry. He is not normally a person who does these types of things."

Morison said Scott was plainly gutted by everything and his main regret was not having enough time to explain what happened.

Scott also complained to Beeld on Wednesday that he did not have enough time to explain his side of the story. Beeld on Wednesday sent its first message to Scott at 14:42.

Morison said Scott is emotionally exhausted and will withdraw for a indefinite period from his duties.

Scott would have been SuperSport’s principal anchor in South Africa during the Rugby world Cup matches which starts on Friday.

The presenters Peter Davies and Neil Andrews will now take over Scott’s SuperSport duties for the tournament.

SuperSport spokesperson Clinton van der Berg said it is not clear yet when Scott will appear on television again.

East Coast Radio

Spokesperson for Jacaranda 94.2, Jenny Griesel, said the radio station’ management has already started discussing changing the Just Plain Breakfast programme with its production team.

The radio station’s management is not sure whether they will continue to air the breakfast programme, she said.

Meanwhile, The Witness reports that Scott is also leaving East Coast Radio (ECR) in December, after four years of accompanying listeners home on the drive time show.

ECR programming manager Naveen Singh on Wednesday described Scott as an excellent broadcaster who really had the hearts of ECR listeners.

Singh said: "We were really sad to see him go, his knowledge of sport and music were amazing (…) He had a unique character which the listeners loved, especially when it comes to pulling of scams and sharing jokes."


  • terri.buhr - 2011-09-08 07:30

    A HUGE loss to radio and supersport.... Darren Scott u are a legend. Hang in there dude !!!

      farmworker - 2011-09-08 08:14

      @Welleducated are you Darren you seems to defend him too much, remember he can't racist to whites but blacks and that explains why you would say he is not, I tell you want if you are a RACIST you are a RACIST and when someone is angry he is more likely to reveal his true self, and finally he managed to get it out, he has been keeping it in for far too long

      farmworker - 2011-09-08 08:22

      @johncarlos.biza that is a good question

      Netherlander - 2011-09-08 09:00


      Roughdog - 2011-09-08 09:02

      Agree a huge loss - its amazing how people react to Darrens comment but its cool to day "shoot the boer" and no one resigns for that..... We are losing it...

      farmworker - 2011-09-08 09:21

      @johan.earle You know if I was you I would be so ashamed to post the K-word so many time on this site, especially when you are using your facebook profile like that. Visit

      Mags_24 - 2011-09-08 09:21

      So when does johan.earle's get band?

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 09:29

      @mags, i have proudly reported him, i am hoping they will block him permanently

      Anastasia - 2011-09-08 09:36

      Someone check to see if Johan.earle lists his employer on his facebook page. If so, there have already been several cases of dismissal for racist comment or ideology and linking your employer to your utterings and ideology. Repeat after me, STUPID STUPID STUPID ad infinitm

      ExleOnSaneSt - 2011-09-08 09:44

      For my fellow "Discovery Channel" freaks..something of a landmark event has occured on this thread...with "johan.earle"'s post, we may finally have definitive evidence, of a human's ability to post comments without any discernable brain activity..truly remarkable!

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 09:45

      Where is Afriforum for this one?

      kaja - 2011-09-08 10:03

      Yes what about singing Kill the Boer so many times from Malema,thats what I call racists and hatred, Darren Scott has resigned he did the right thing by taking responsibility, now don't you think that Malema should also take responsibility and RESIGN?????

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 10:07

      @kaja, your argument is null and void. Julius is being tried in court and will face the consequences soon.

      ExleOnSaneSt - 2011-09-08 10:11

      For those of you who read my initial post on this thread AFTER "johan.earle"'s comment is removed...His ENTIRE post was a repetition of the K-Word (...and poor spelling to boot...pardon the know...Worlc Cup and all!)..For those who still don't get it...move along...nothing for you here;)

      Adrian Naidoo - 2011-09-08 10:17

      Johan Earle listed Johannesburg Police as his employer. Methinks it's a farce.

      WTF - 2011-09-08 10:39

      Dear Johan Earle your mom

      Stox - 2011-09-08 11:26 Darren Scott for RWC SuperSport anchor!! We want Darren wiff Naas!!! Join this FB group to get Darren back in the SuperSport booth for the RWC! He, Skinstad and Naas are the only people worth listening to!

      Stox - 2011-09-08 11:33 Darren Scott for RWC SuperSport anchor!! We want Darren wiff Naas!!! Join this FB group to get Darren back in the SuperSport booth for the RWC! He, Skinstad and Naas are the only people worth listening to!

      K-Lover - 2011-09-08 12:53

      We don't need such people as our public reps. Hope he gets what's coming for him. Her can be a legend to you BUT he will remain the RACIST to this rainbow nation. K-Word to himself too!!!

      onetickie - 2011-09-08 14:25

      • The K-word in the Oxford Dictionary means "non-believer". Not such a BAD word and one could call a white or any other person of colour that! Blacks have a chip on their shoulder. Its fine of malema to spew hate, theats at an international news reporter and calling him a RUBBISH but not ok when i "whitie" calls people names. As always, double standards by the black mentality. If one respected a person, regardless of race, colour/creed they would not be called names. If there is disrespect for that person (particularly when they deserve it) then name calling usually comes into play. For those who are not 'black' I don't think you understand just how bad a slight it is calling a person a RUBBISH.

      Niki - 2011-09-08 14:49

      Everybody's thinking it, he just said it out loud. Both white and black people are racists, it's something you'll never get rid of, there may be law and legislation preventing you to be racist or use racist comments, but if I, a white individual, calls a black person a n!gger, I'm a racist, but if a black person calls another black person a n!gger, there's nothing wrong with it, you can't justify it.

      the mc - 2011-09-08 16:03

      what is this darren sorry about eintlek? that he said the k word or that we know that he said the k word..cause probably he was thinking it

      Oldbuck - 2011-09-12 12:36

      @ farmworker, perhaps john earle is a member of the ancyl and he is trying to stoke the fire after the verdict on your madam malema

      Oldbuck - 2011-09-12 12:38

      @ farmworker,while we are on the subject of name calling please tell me what umlungu means

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 07:31

    "A livid Scott called Beeld on Wednesday and said he had resigned from the radio station and television channel. Advocate Les Morison, Scott’s legal representative, said after the angry call, Scott was tearful and very sorry for yelling on a Beeld reporter." n24, that paragraph makes no sense

      mike - 2011-09-08 09:06

      @george - grow up and get a life

      kolobe - 2011-09-08 09:16

      where is afriforum to take him to court?

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-08 10:07

      Could have been worse.....What if Darren had spilled his whiskey near his colleague?????

      Oryenzander - 2011-09-08 13:27

      @kolobe, why does the youth league not take him to court?

  • Alex Steinberg - 2011-09-08 07:32

    News24's sloppy reporting on this matter has been appalling. At least two stories have been released with misinformation. I appreciate that they want to release the stories before anyone else, but in the process they are building a reputation for irresponsible reporting and sensationalism.

      GinSA1 - 2011-09-08 08:05

      Not much building going on. That construction finished a looooong time ago. The majority of their articles are poorly (if at all) edited. Jannie needs to find 'a other work. He are not very good wif this one'.

      farmworker - 2011-09-08 08:16

      You should have listen to the man on 702 this morning, he admitted to have uttered a racist remark so he is a racist. And those who shares the same view like John Robbie will try to defend him

      daaivark - 2011-09-08 08:33

      And you're suprised? The quality of News24 journalism declines by the minute.

      mike - 2011-09-08 08:42

      @farmworker - so you keep saying - he is a racist(a term that means nothing anymore), so what ? is the world coming to an end ?

      Jakes4 - 2011-09-08 09:48

      @farmworker - It's always funny how the biggest racists always yell racist. Just because you were previously disadvantaged does not mean you are the only one that can be discriminated against. I'm sure that you casting stones have then obviously never said anything discriminating against any other race, ever...

  • 1eye - 2011-09-08 07:35

    Dop is lekker

      daaivark - 2011-09-08 08:33

      Moerse intelligent, ouens.

  • Rob - 2011-09-08 07:35

    Not defending Darren, because what he said was wrong. But, when a blacks say stuff about whites everyone does nothing. They can even say they want to kill us, and yet its socially acceptable. Pot calling the kettle black (excuse the pun)...

      Johannes Viljoen - 2011-09-08 07:45

      Your prblm is, which you share with a lot of South Africans is that you still think BLACK AND WHITE!!!!!!!

      CaveatEmptor - 2011-09-08 08:05

      Yes like their favorite term "Umlungu Abelungu". And like @Vlooi said The nature of the umlungu (in Zulu, um: not animal/human class - lower than sh1t) or the Sotho swear word for Whites: legoa, magoa (le/ma class = not animal/human). So rather just call me a d00s but stick your umlungu where the sun doesn't shine.

      RVQ - 2011-09-08 08:13

      Still decades to go, your children will also pay for the mistakes of your fathers

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-09-08 08:22

      Make a loud noise about offensive stuff and I'm sure you'll see a lot less of it

      Susannomore - 2011-09-08 08:22

      I so agree. On Monday morning I handed in my resignation due to racism against me. I am taking this further, have a nice little case file built up. I the roles had been reversed, I would have been fired months ago, but as our figures need a black woman manager, I never stood a chance...

      farmworker - 2011-09-08 08:32

      @CaveatEmptor I bet you have no idea what "Umlungu" means because I am sometimes called "Umlungu" but I am not WHITE. The word is used mostly around Pretoria to show some respect especially for someone who will pay you after you have ran some errands for him

      farmworker - 2011-09-08 08:33

      @CaveatEmptor and the same goes for "Legoa la ka" which actually means my boss

      daaivark - 2011-09-08 08:34

      YES Johannes. Your comments today are impressive.

      Leoster - 2011-09-08 09:08

      "THEY"can even say they want to kill us. No one said they want to kill you. For as long as South Africans don't develop a separate identity from their race, an idintity which is more South African than black or white, all these people will continue to evoke an attitude of division in order to further their own interests. We are all capable of hate, murder, rape and all the bad things in the world, but that does not mean we have to do those things. And if a person of my race does them, it does not mean I also do them. Look at a person as an individual unless he has the same finger prints as another.

      Advocate - 2011-09-08 09:17

      Susannomore. Bad move. You still dont stand a chance. Ask me,I was there. If you are white, you are at fault.

      Sifiso Mahlaba - 2011-09-08 09:22

      I hope the Angriforum will take this matter to the courts.

      Pleasethink - 2011-09-08 09:45

      Sifiso - that is total over exaggeration. I can’t believe that this makes headline news. It shows how pitiful we South Africans are. We just wait for someone to stumble so that we can throw each other with rocks. This whole thing is a joke. If there should be a court case for every time someone calls someone something, there will be no time to fight real crimes. Not that we do….white bi%^$hes, camel jockey, chonky, mhulungu even the K word, God’s name in vain are words that fly around every day between people and everyday somewhere someone is offended.

      farmworker - 2011-09-08 10:13

      @Pleasethink if your commonsense is that common you would realize that someone in his position should watch what comes out of his mouth. I mean do you think companies would want to advertise their business on his shows, I don't think so

      Pleasethink - 2011-09-08 10:43

      @ farmworker it seems that my comments keep on getting reported and deleted, so unfortunatly I cant reply to your statement. Why it got deleted I dont know, guess it is too close to the truth.

      Lekabisto - 2011-09-08 13:12

      Johannes I could not agree with you more! we not gonna go anywhere ever as a country if I am goin to look at u not as a person, but a white person and you look back at me not as a person but a black person. I have always said that is the problem and will always be the problem with all people and races in this country.

  • werner.smidt - 2011-09-08 07:35

    This photo of him is pure win.

      Stox - 2011-09-08 11:33 Darren Scott for RWC SuperSport anchor!! We want Darren wiff Naas!!! Join this FB group to get Darren back in the SuperSport booth for the RWC! He, Skinstad and Naas are the only people worth listening to!

  • QuestionMore - 2011-09-08 07:36

    I hope Tshoaedi pays the money he owes Scott back as it was the main reason for the altercation. So much for repaying your debts!

      Vlooi - 2011-09-08 07:51

      Tshoaedi will most probably be our new presenter, that's the way AA work.

      buddy jones - 2011-09-08 08:28

      ...have you ever had the situation whereby you owe them some money - hell its an everday pester, ".pay-up, When, Reminder etc" When they owe you money, hey its no problem.....later, whenever......if ever!!!!!

      LD - 2011-09-08 08:42

      It is not about money, but about how Darren has always felt about his colleague. Alcohol just brought that out.

      Kiepies - 2011-09-08 10:05

      Money is their God and don't owe them one cent, otherwise you get burgled/killed - made same mistake again by loaning so-called taxi money R40.00 to a cleaner on our building's second floor (not even working for us) promising to repay me (which I know will never happen) and everytime she sees me still has the audacity to smile (big grin) saying I must come and see you to pay your money - well its three weeks later and still nothing... so who is at fault, shows you, no ethic/pride/conscience nada!!!

  • Vredehoek Rentals - 2011-09-08 07:36

    I always knew he was a racist - who isn't. Stupid fool for getting caught out.

      AjAxxxx - 2011-09-08 08:44

      Vredehoek Rentals?

  • Sarel van der Walt - 2011-09-08 07:37

    LOL. So did the guy pay him back or not?

      Netherlander - 2011-09-08 09:06

      He will NEVER EVER see that money again...

      Kiepies - 2011-09-08 10:08

      @netherlander - 'net so' and so true, thank God we don't run a retail business providing credit, just imagine how sky-high bad debt books will be and are at present, but flash they will, luxury cars etc. etc. come hell or high water....

      Taf - 2011-09-08 17:35

      Kiepies you have anger man. Slow down it'll hurt you eventually.

  • MP3 - 2011-09-08 07:37

    This is a headlining news story? Name calling a newsworthy article...

      THX1148 - 2011-09-08 08:13

      No MP3, but having a top TV & Radio presenter resign IS newsworthy.

  • Pieter79 - 2011-09-08 07:37

    Which is worse? Shoot the Boer? Or pay your debt K? If a white guy owed him money and didn't pay he could have said Jou ma... and that would have been that. I believe this is blown out of proportion, sadly because he lives in the public spotlight.

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 07:45

      It's exactly in proportion because he is a public figure. He chose his career and all the restrictions that go along with it.

      daaivark - 2011-09-08 08:36

      COmparison is irrelevant. You do it, so I'll do it too. Stupid approach, with respect. The idea is to try to move ahead, not backward in unison.

      Caterwauler - 2011-09-08 08:45

      Do you think he could post the defence that the K-word is a traditional white struggle term? Like "Shoot the Boer"?

      farmworker - 2011-09-08 08:49

      @Pieter79 use your common sense I am sure you have one. And the fact that he is in the spotlight is that one that should make him be careful about what comes out of his mouth, the world is listening. He might be or not be racist but now for the rest of his life he will be viewed as one

      Netherlander - 2011-09-08 09:08

      If a white guy owed him money... he would have said: "Where is my money, you C*NT"!!!!! Wonder what would have happened if he called the black dude a C*NT and not a K*ffer?????

      Kiepies - 2011-09-08 10:11

      @catewauler - the 'k' word is not even a so-called white word, go and look it up - as I understand the Indians use it for people they deem as 'heathens', so there.....

  • OriginalHunniBee - 2011-09-08 07:37

    Badly written article. Shame News24!

  • boep - 2011-09-08 07:38

    Well thats another Radio station I won't listen to anymore. Get a life Jacaranda are you also run by the Goverment???? As for the person in Darren's place at the momment, what a boring person. goodbye Jacaranda hello 702

      Marius - 2011-09-08 08:03

      702 is more race obsessed than any other station. You would be going from bad to worse.

      dean jordan - 2011-09-08 09:32

      Well said boep.

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-08 10:38

      No more radio......94.7 with Whackhead sucks, Jacaranda sucks, 702,blah blah! Bring back Mansfield!

  • Charles - 2011-09-08 07:39

    Yeah Yeah. So what. The names have changed so many times over the last few years. Bantu, Black man,and many many more, obviously including the K word. Today they are called suspects or passengers. Afrikaans, verdagtes of insittendes. "Bus ongeluk het plaasgeving en 4 insittendes is beseer" of; "'n verdagte is in hegtenis geneem vir moord op meisie van Benoni" Klink dit bekend?

      Jeranimo - 2011-09-08 07:55

      Goed gestel!

      photonic - 2011-09-08 08:18

      Tut, tut Charles....didn't you read what our esteemed President had to say....they end up in those situations because of lack of opportunities....ask Tokyo and Jeff

      EarthBound - 2011-09-08 08:52

      Presies. maar wanneer dit egter n blanke persoon is dan word dit duidelik white/blank genoem en vinnig om fotos by te voeg. wat dit egter maklik maak is sodra hulle die oortreder se ras uitlaat weet almal al teen die tyd wat is dit.

      Mike - 2011-09-08 09:25

      lol@photonic. Yeah, like getting of one's butt and actually MAKING opportunities has NOTHING to do with it. But why should one actually use initiative and effort when there are so many white colleagues around we can bum a few bucks off and not pay back?

  • pommie-abroad - 2011-09-08 07:39

    Yelling on reporters is never a good idea, wow, the standard of reporting just gets better :-)

  • Jack - 2011-09-08 07:40

    "It is not clear when" he will return to television. How about "if" he should return. There is no place in South Africa for people like him. He should be dragged to the Human Rights Commission just like Malema because the law deserves equal application. It`s a pity that this article is not more condemnatory of his behaviour. Was the debtor under debt counselling? Was a default judgement given? Those are more relevant issues than racist insults

      gaharaa - 2011-09-08 07:54

      At least he stepped down.

      Statistic - 2011-09-08 08:13

      Nicely said JonJJ

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-09-08 08:26

      No need to go overboard with the punishment just because he's white

      Gert Breed - 2011-09-08 08:29

      Oh please man! Equal application in South Africa?? Where are you getting this? The tides have turned long time ago and the white people cant do or say anything then we are referred to as racists... How long did it take Julias Malema to finally be charged. How much damage has he done? How many supporters has he gained??? All those people supporting him are much more racist than most whites, plus they show it. Everyone is SA whether they admit it or not hold a grudge against another race. Finnish and klaar!

      roboman1 - 2011-09-08 08:49

      The difference between him and Malema is that Scott apologised and resigned, as he well should have. Whereas as malema continues down the racist road without brakes or apologies, so how can people classify them together. Yes Scott should go, even although he lent the man money on numerous occasions, he should still go. But so should Malema, in fact especially Malema

      Carol - 2011-09-08 09:20

      Please man. As it has been said on this site, racism has taken a complete 180 deg but we as whites can't say anything. According to these people it's not racism. Darren was obviously pushed to the edge. The only reason I am sorry is because we the losers. We will miss his extremely "well-informed" commentary.

      Heronakamura - 2011-09-08 10:00

      @ Gert Breed - Suppose you statment was true. Why would the whites hold a grudge against the blacks?

      Kenno - 2011-09-08 10:19

      Get a life Jack!! Who cares?

  • Ritestuff - 2011-09-08 07:42

    Listener and viewer's loss, radio and TV's loss of revenue. Darren Scott is the most entertaining person on the media. Idiot. We will miss you at the "expense" of a loser :( Unfortunately you can't always have carte blanche to say what you like and people's feelings do count. Good luck, hope you'll be back.

      howard staunton - 2011-09-08 08:06

      ouch, you must have awful taste to find him even remotely entertaining. I always like the way he manages to nauseate rugby players he attempts to interview, by displaying his complete lack of interest in the game. It was only a manner of time before someone shoved that mike up his little obnoxious ass anyway.

      Statistic - 2011-09-08 08:15

      Geesh, howard get a life bru, you're making an ass of yourself

      Susannomore - 2011-09-08 08:24

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion I suppose. Not mine though

      roboman1 - 2011-09-08 08:50

      Howard, you sound like you have a chip on both shoulders

      Snob - 2011-09-08 08:56

      me 2...just a shame we got the "take from the rich white man" policy in this country

      one-way - 2011-09-08 09:34

      Definition:Well Balanced personality; Chip on both shoulders!

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-09-08 07:42

    This is why you should never lend money to workmates, friends or family.... Now as sorry as what I am for Darren and as much as I can sympathize with him for being provoked and losing his temper... NOTHING excuses racial slurs! So while some of you would like to defend him and excuse his behaviour... just remember that at the crux of this "badly written" story is a PUBLIC FIGURE who resorted to firing cheap pot shots at somebody's colour to vent his anger. That according to the constitution is illegal. So go ahead and bring in things about past slights and current slights from other people as much as you want to defend his actions - just as long as you all realise that two wrongs do NOT make a right. There were other ways for Darren to handle this - but he didn't...

      Kgwadi - 2011-09-08 07:57

      Excellent point Lyndatjie (LYNDA).Two wrongs do not make a right.Unfortunately in SA,we still have all these racists(B&W etc, see everyday comments on news24) and still going to take time.I just hope this racists will not take our country to civil war and all lose out.I still and will still say Viva loving and forgiving SA.We will swim or burn together.

      Andeline - 2011-09-08 08:22

      Lyndatjie, thank you for your sober opinion. It is so easy to jump onto the wagon, disregarding the wrong, or even making it right, just because the perpatrator belongs to "my race." Sometimes it is black and sometimes it is white. Very sad indeed. Andeline, Creator of The Empathy Awareness Campaign.

      Snob - 2011-09-08 08:55

      i would have done the same thing + maybe a klap or 2

      ExleOnSaneSt - 2011-09-08 11:01 have tainted this are clearly out of your depth...Thank you Lyndatjie for this little island of rationality...and MOST IMPORTANTLY OBJECTIVITY...What Darren did is unacceptable..just as unacceptable as the (almost) daily vitriol spilling from Malema INC...When are South Africans going to realise that adopting a truly morally correct approach doesn't come with a "Terms and Conditions" clause that you get a free pass based on your race.

  • Trokkie - 2011-09-08 07:42

    whats this k-word?

      Han Solo - 2011-09-08 07:49

      Well technically, it's a word that should be used to describe atheists, not black people. Funny huh?

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 07:50


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      Vuil Frikkie - 2011-09-08 08:17

      Julius Malema

      Susannomore - 2011-09-08 08:27

      @Neo - that is classic!

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 08:36

      @all above, the K-word is most unfitting. The term was originally intended to describe atheists (those who do not believe in a god) however ancient history dictates that if the colour of your skin is white then it is more pure and more god like. This where the term was incorrectly assigned to black people because their skin colour did not portray them to be god like and thus more satanic. White folk from the apartheid era and prior then used the word as discriminating and degrading term to describe all blacks. This is part of why it is illegal in our country and why it is wrong and there is no justification for it (as most of you are trying to justify the wrong of your godlike friend Darren Scott)!! I thought all white people were educated? I know i am.

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 08:37

      on another note: What does the k-word have to do with paying a debt and why was it used?

      EqualPerson - 2011-09-08 09:02

      More godlike to be white? Now there's a miss-conception... Have you seen the colour of people living in North Israel (where Jesus is from if you didn't know)

      Taurus 11 - 2011-09-08 09:08

      From the original translation from arabic it means a non believer in The Profit Mohammad (blessed be his name) so EVERYBODY in RSA who is not a Muslim is one. Like me because I am a Christian. Oh By the way Iwas born in Africa not in Europe so that makes me a Non European African ?????? and Very proud of it. I would rather be called that than the female body parts that some people are called

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 09:21

      @equal, person you should read my comment with a history book in hand and refer back to the early dutch and british colonial periods @taurus: The word is derived from the Arabic/Islamic term, which means 'disbeliever' or literally, 'one who conceals. The word was used in English, Dutch and, later, Afrikaans, from the 16th century to the early 20th century as a general term for several different peoples of southern Africa. The works of Richard Hakluyt contains an early written use of the term in English. He writes: calling them ****** and ****** which is, infidels or disbelievers.He refers to the slaves (slaves called ****** ) and inhabitants of Ethiopia (and they use to go in small ships, and trade with the ****** ) by two different but similar names. During the 20th century, the word gradually took on negative connotations. By 1976, its use was actionable in court in South Africa. On a number of occasions the use of the term ****** led directly to violence or even death.

      itsme - 2011-09-08 09:40

      @Vullis - wow boet, using Wikipedia has made you a sudden history expert! Impressed.

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 09:47

      !itsme - wikipedia is not a reliable source but all the information available in the text book is posted on there. Technically if the information is taken from the history text books and posted on the wikipedia page - why can it not be considered reliable? Your argument would make the text book null and void as well. unless this is not the direction or intent of your comment?

  • Melanie - 2011-09-08 07:46

    It's so sad to see such a talented and fantastic man, whom everyone all over country and world looked up to including his family, fall apart like this...unortunately he will never be able to mend his public image. He must now concentrate on his family and himself. He was suppose to be an example for white men , and now he contributed to the perception out there that all of us are racists!

      Janine - 2011-09-08 08:48

      "Whom everyone all over the country and world looked up to .." - use sweeping generalisations much? I've certainly never looked up to this man.

      Express007 - 2011-09-08 09:46

      Melanie, you're misguided! Your standards and perceptions are yours and not "everyone all over country and world"!

  • Phelan Wulf - 2011-09-08 07:46

    Well, Jacaranda has just lost me as a listener. The only reason I had my radio on Jacaranda was darren Scott. Not saying that I agree with him throwing around the k-word. Even if the twerp (Tshoaedi)sounds like he really deserved it.... But there is just no reason to tune to Jacaranda any more.

      Lancet - 2011-09-08 08:22

      Yes, he was the guy who brought out the best in his breakfast show colleagues. Without him there, they are Just Plain Boring. HUGE loss for Jacaranda. Cheers Jacaranda - I'll consider tuning in again the day you stop playing the same songs over and over and over months on end.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-09-08 08:32

      Nobody ever deserves racial slurs in situations that have nothing to do with their race. What's next, black bosses calling their white subordinates offensive racial slurs every time they submit a report late?

      Phelan Wulf - 2011-09-08 09:59

      @johncarlos.biza. Again, I don't agree with racial slurs. But let me ask you, have you ever lashed out at a person in anger and called them a name? And when it happened, how rational was your action? Just a thought, use it, dont use it......

      Riaan - 2011-09-08 12:11

      Don't blame Jacaranda for the actions of one of it's empployees. Jacaranda actually condemmed the actions of Darren, and is no longer part of the radio station. A complaint was lodged, and investigated. If Darren did not terminate his contract with them, I'm sure the station would have after a disciplinary hearing. What I would like to see, is whether the station will discipline the co-worker, as in almost all businesses the lending or borrowing of money from co-workers are not allowed in the disciplinary code.

  • Rudy - 2011-09-08 07:47

    Using the "k"word in anger does not make the man a rasist. Why can it not just be a lack in judgment or loss if his "cool". When you call your mother the "b" word does that mean she is one, or when you say you are going to kill your kid, mean you want to do it, NO it means you are PISSED OFF or FRUSTRATED at the situation, not so much the person

      Wes10 - 2011-09-08 08:29

      Why would you call your mother the "b" word!? Really!?

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-09-08 08:30

      Then Malema shouldn't have been taken to court for his "lack of judgement"?!

      truddy.mtsweni - 2011-09-08 08:53

      u call your mother the B word, really? u sick

      roboman1 - 2011-09-08 08:56

      @biza, Malema and Scott are very different cases, firstly Scott apologised and resigned,(an acknowledgement of guilt, no court required.) malema is defending his position so it requires a court to decide and rule, and malema continues to openly perpetuate the crime. (Hate Speech). Your argument lacks logic and consistancy Mr. Biza

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-09-08 09:52

      @roboman1 no need to get too technical. I gave an example from the top of my head. The substance of my argument remains, and I'm sure you understood it

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 09:57

      @roboman, and an apology sets it right?

      roboman1 - 2011-09-08 16:53

      An apology shows that a person acknowledges that they have erred, something even you do sometimes, but a habitual offender like Malema remains a consistent threat to non rascism, but it does not make the initial reaction right, it at least demonstrates the will to move on in the right direction, unlike Malema and his supporters.

  • Lionel - 2011-09-08 07:48

    Sounds like Darren's got a drink and/or drug problem - the behaviour described is atypical.

      howard staunton - 2011-09-08 08:07

      yep, he has always had one.

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 08:07


      MissRed - 2011-09-08 08:21

      O get a life just because some says something out of anger they now have a "Drug" "Drinking" problem!!!! Jees you people!!!

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 08:29

      Red, if you can't read a whole article don't comment "Scott is emotionally exhausted and will withdraw for a indefinite period from his duties." I know about addiction, Scott acted in a destructive manner, regardless of what the consequences might have been to himself. A rational person avoids public confrontation if it could mean the loss of their Job, so why couldn't he stop himself?

      MissRed - 2011-09-08 09:15

      Daemos1: Did read the whole article......Point on!! "Scott is emotionally exhausted" He has a young baby at home (If you were or are a Parent you would know having a new baby at home is exhausting on its own) and he has a very bizzy life style with all that to...... Yes maybe he had a drink or two But THAT STILL does not prove that he has a drinking let alone a Drug problem!! Like you have never said anything out of place when you had one to many!!! O sorry I Forgot only SOME people are perfect!!!!

      Vullis - 2011-09-08 10:01

      @MissRed: so the alcohol made him do it?

      Mike - 2011-09-08 11:06

      The guy who lent the money has a debt repayment problem.

      JJ - 2011-09-08 11:35

      And Darren has been diagnosed with Depression (not that it can be used as an excuse for his actions)

  • nn.prv - 2011-09-08 07:49

    Don't drink and swear ,your true colours may just come out !!

      MuntuzaB - 2011-09-08 09:53

      Here's your Bells mate. ... and then make a feeble hate-self attempt simply because you have been caught out. Laughable

  • Justin Thomas Grant - 2011-09-08 07:50

    "Umlungu" may only mean "white person" but its interesting to remember that the "K - word" once upon a time only meant "heathen" in Arabic which is what all black people were when the colonisers arrived here. Similarly "Umlungu" is becoming more and more derogatory for me personally as more and more black people continually associate the colour of my skin (and by default me) with all the evil of the past despite the fact that I am not old enough to have taken part in it.

      HowardX - 2011-09-08 08:13

      It is little known that "Umlungu" is derogatory. It was a term for the white scum that forms on waves in the sea, and became slang for white people in the sense that they were considered white scum who came over the sea. I always laugh at self deprecatory liberal idiots who refer to themselves as "umlungu", not knowing that it is the equivalent of a black man calling himself the "k" word...

      JCWR56 - 2011-09-08 09:46

      Justin i agree with you, i seem to recal growing up it was malungu, but it may have been a lack of knowledge on my part. similarly, bitch is a female dog, but has grown into a derogatory term. Umlungu may have started out innocent enough, but with modern usage has assumed a derogatory meaning. and trust me, listen carefully, especially in shops i find that black people use the term a lot

      WTF - 2011-09-08 10:29

      We've always called white ppl mlungu because we thought it means englishmen, and that the language they speak is called isilungu. Its news to black ppl that it means the dirty froth from the sea. And it was never an association with the colour of your skin it was more to do with being an englishman because we call afrikaans ppl amabhulu which is refernce to them calling themselves boere or farmers. We black ppl do not refer to ourselves as the k word and neither should anyone else can the justification of such nonsense pls stop.

  • kaz - 2011-09-08 07:52

    i know blacks do use the K word as well to other blacks and nothing is done or said about it.

      Tizil - 2011-09-08 08:11

      You mean to say you know ""some"" black people that use the "k" word?

      matla - 2011-09-08 08:43

      @kaz you can't use nigger if you r not african/american, you can't use the k word if you not black - comprehendo

      AjAxxxx - 2011-09-08 08:50

      cool Matla, you made the rules on that? Okay, well youre not allowed to use the word 'idiot'. Thats mine, comprehendo.

      WTF - 2011-09-08 10:38

      Dear Kaz, I don't go around calling ppl i am unfamiliar with B!tch or N!gga or K@ffir, it is a repsect thing because I know when my black friend calls me that the intention is not to hurt or racially slur or even be xenophobic. Its basically like men calling women b!tches, I don't appreciate such but if my friend calls me that I take no offence. What we have in common that could be potentially used to our detriment we defuse by making it silly between us, no one else is allowed to do that if they do not have that commonality.

  • sarecen - 2011-09-08 07:53

    khule, it actually means scum of the the dirty white foam..i find that offensive

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 08:08

      That's one definition Why don't you mention all the others

      AjAxxxx - 2011-09-08 08:51

      name one please daemos

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 09:04

      go look for yourself, I'm not going to think for you

      Tebello - 2011-09-08 09:14

      You're wrong. And probably wilfully lying.

  • 166Ras - 2011-09-08 07:54

    you racist period!!!! umlungu means white in zulu. You were goin to know this if u were not ignorant

      truddy.mtsweni - 2011-09-08 08:58

      thank you Ras, it's amazing how ignorant people get when they are trying to justify wrong actions of others. Same goes for Legoa, it's a sotho meaning for white.

      EqualPerson - 2011-09-08 09:06

      So if you can't speak all the languages in the world you're ignorent?

  • duits - 2011-09-08 07:54

    That K word actually comes from an Arabic word meaning unbeliever. In SA it is offensive to a black African. Kafir also means one of a people belonging to Kafiristan in Eastern Afghanistan. Chambers 21st Dictionary page 738.

  • PB - 2011-09-08 07:54

    He was the driving force behind the gholf day that brought in a huge amount of money for Goodmorning Angels, which in turn has helped a very wide variety of people in need. Pity that there is no balance when the k-word comes into play - if we are very honest, ALL of use it from time to time, especially when provoked by irrisponsible taxidrivers! The only up-side in this for me, is that we don't have to have those supposedly 'funny' Naas, Peter V etc. voices on radio anymore.

      truddy.mtsweni - 2011-09-08 09:00

      good thing those taxi drivers never hear you call them the K work casue they will kick your ass till you down and out. Wanna give it a try?

      Face - 2011-09-08 09:05

      Trudy, you have got a great body!

      mike - 2011-09-08 09:19

      @face - pity there is no brain to go with it

  • RugbyGirl - 2011-09-08 07:54

    Darren has not been with ECR for months!! He no longer does the Drive time show!! Get your facts rith!!! To Darren, good luck mate, stay strong!!!

      photonic - 2011-09-08 08:28

      Yep he hasn' fact I think he left December last year. What sloppy reporting....time to switch

  • ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-09-08 07:55

    So telling people to 'shoot the boer' is fine but in the heat of an argument calling someone you lent money to the k-word is not? I am so sick and tired of political correctness. If you want to ban people from saying this and that then you may as well ban freedom of speech and expression altogether - because guess what - there is always SOMETHING that SOMEONE finds offensive.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-09-08 08:36

      So a country with a serious institutional racism issue should have its citizens open to use racial slurs on each other?

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-09-08 08:44

      Why not? If you allow people to say exactly what is on their minds then you will be able to form trust relationships with people that matter. You will know exactly where you stand and you will not waste everybody's time by playing a race card over important issues.

      johncarlos.biza - 2011-09-08 08:47

      I have not seen or heard of that work anywhere in this world. I have, however, seen societies where people are brought up with a lot more morals and values and there was a lot more peace there.

  • sarecen - 2011-09-08 07:55

    Perhaps they have a serious inferiority

  • MelJay - 2011-09-08 07:56

    Oh bother! I've heard so many 'racist' comments from white to white // from black to black // from black to white // and visa versa! When is this country going to GROW UP..??? As long as this kind of thing keeps cropping up -- SA will remain a 3rd world country! Let's move on from here now! I'm truly sorry to see such a dynamic man leave our airwaves!!! Wonder if this is a foot in the door for Paul Rotherham (ex 94,7 presenter??????)

      Hads - 2011-09-08 09:12


  • Vabond - 2011-09-08 07:56

    @Kuhle So and the K word actually means: "unbelievers". When the Dutch came to SA they realised many people in Africa werent Christians. So it wasnt a racist term back then and today it can even be used to describe white people who's atheists in SA. AND guess what it is still used by the Dutch in the Netherlands to describe the people of the lowest class in the Netherlands - those that lives on social grants and has no income.

      trev2 - 2011-09-08 08:15

      This is South Africa, not the Netherlands, nor an Arab country. Regardless of the origin of the word, it is understood in a particular way in South Africa that is insulting and degrading. So in the South African context the word must be a no-no.

      HowardX - 2011-09-08 08:18

      It's still used extensively in Arab countries in reference to non-muslims. Many mosques have a sign up on the door saying "No K****s" (sometimes spelled with a Q), meaning "No Unbelievers".

      ExleOnSaneSt - 2011-09-08 11:35

      Thanx for your critical insight on the matter Vabond...So Darren was calling him an atheist/low-class then?....FYI when you're atheist they call you a Satanist... You should seriously consider a career in the ANCYL amongst your intellectual ilk!

  • stacey.harmse - 2011-09-08 07:58

    I dont think that should have been an issue!!! WE all LOVE Darren and I dont think he should have left!!!!!!!

      peter.tracey2 - 2011-09-08 09:17

      Sounds like you should have been on that ship back to Europe with him,,, #JustSaying

  • nomercy - 2011-09-08 07:59

    It's a no-brainer that Darren has cocked up badly. However, here's a novel idea. What if all our corrupt politicians, starting with J.Z. were as honest and transparent and apologetic as Darren has been? Methinks hell will freeze over first!

  • explotek - 2011-09-08 08:00

    We all know Darren loves Jack Daniel's, maybe it was Jack talking, nevertheless, any person in his position MUST watch their tongue AT ALL TIMES

  • Bernard Visagie. - 2011-09-08 08:01

    I really hate how bad the reporting on news24 is. Wow. Do you guys only employ people who could not attain there journalism degrees?

      The Realist - 2011-09-08 08:33

      Its called AA or BEE

      Moi1980 - 2011-09-08 09:51

      @Realist - the author is a Pauli van Wyk...AA or BEE??

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 08:01

    Everyone who is defending Scott, let's just be open and honest. If you feel ther K-word should be acceptable, say so, because hiding behind the whole "if they call us names, we can call them names too" defense is childish. If you want to put words like "umlungu" up against the K-word, it would help if you understood it's origins and why white people are called by that name. This should be a different discussion, because, whatever his reasons, Scott crossed a line that the majority of us do not cross in our daily lives. anyway, if you want to start trying to understand the complex origin of the word "umlungu" this link is a good place to start.

      Karoobloed - 2011-09-08 08:03


      mfundiNdaba - 2011-09-08 08:12

      Amen to this comment. Racists will always be racists though, sadly!

      Karoobloed - 2011-09-08 08:13

      The K-word has no place in any civilized or uncivilized discourse, drunken or sober.

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-09-08 08:24

      Karoobloed then you may as well ban all forms of communication because like I said earlier there is always SOMETHING that SOMEONE finds offensive.

      photonic - 2011-09-08 08:34

      I don't think it is acceptable at all but I do think things like this get blown out of proportion. We have far worse problems to deal with. These things are just used to have a go at white people like "you see, you are all racists"

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 08:35

      @ShRoOm PoPsiCLe I understand your point, but you couldn't walk into a Jewish neighborhood and start spraypainting swastikas on the wall and expect nothing to happen. This story goes beyond the word used, it's about what the word represents, which is something we should be moving away from as a country. It's very idealistic to expect any south african to get over anything directly related to race, our country was forged in ethnic conflict and our society is part of the aftermath. It's going to be a long time before that anger has pfaded on both sides

      ShRoOm PoPsiCLe - 2011-09-08 08:45

      Daemos1 spraypainting is vandalism, which is crime. And yes, you should be allowed to do that. I'm not saying that person won't be killed for doing it, but he should be allowed to.

      betweenu&me - 2011-09-08 08:50

      @ShRoOm PoPsiCLe: Freak of the Week

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 09:06

      I suppose you;re entitled to your opinion, I thnk I'm tired about talking about this anyway

  • Face - 2011-09-08 08:01

    Come on! the man was drunk! Have a heart, he was only joking!!!

  • Bianca - 2011-09-08 08:01

    I can't believe this!!!! Darren we are going to miss you!!! What is Jacaranda without you???? We get called so many names all the time and then he, wrongly, says something in the heat of the moment and he has to resign????? I don't get it!In America they call each other the N word all the time in songs and to each other, but let a white man say the same thing and it is racist. The same here in SA. Where is that right? Double Standards I think!!!! What is happening to this person that owes him the money? NOTHING, that's what!!! It was wrong, but not earth shattering!!! I will miss you Darren. Now I will listen to Midrand Radio.

      Face - 2011-09-08 08:04

      Ou Grootte!!

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 08:04

      So go live in America and then one day, walk up to a black person and call him the n-word. If you survive, come back to SA and regail us with tales of your adventures

      Face - 2011-09-08 08:07

      Deamon1 - I'll rather call him "our" k-word, it sounds better!

      Daemos1 - 2011-09-08 08:18

      well I wish you luck

      Hads - 2011-09-08 09:14

      The fact is that this country is sick. We simply cannot agree with one-another

  • BusyB - 2011-09-08 08:03

    According to Wikipedia -The word is derived from the Arabic/Islamic term Kafir, which means 'disbeliever' or literally, 'one who conceals [the truth]'.[1]

      The Realist - 2011-09-08 08:37

      Well concealing the truth is their national sport, isn't it? Just look at JZ, Malema and the rest of the ANC "powers that be".

      matla - 2011-09-08 08:45

      @realist you dont stand a chance in Africa

      leonard.w.gray - 2011-09-08 10:52

      listen moron you know what the K word means, the whole of south africa does so stop talking crap

  • Jakes - 2011-09-08 08:03

    it is not nice, however it was not in working hours....

  • stephen scott - 2011-09-08 08:04

    He should have been shouting thief at that guy, not K,

  • Dal68 - 2011-09-08 08:04

    The bastard should have paid his debt! Now we are all at the losing end.....

      betweenu&me - 2011-09-08 08:16

      No Darren is on the losing end. We are all responsible for the choices we make. Darren chose the wrong word to use and he knows this. That's why he resigned.

      Dal68 - 2011-09-08 08:29

      Wrong, we are at the losing end because we are so bloody afraid to live and speak the truth. Sorry, racism is alive and kicking in SA, accept it and live with it. It will never change because the goverment allows racists in their own inner circle to excel. This country which I love is being shoved down the drain!

      Hads - 2011-09-08 09:15

      I agree - 2011-09-08 09:15

      correct, what happend to DJ Fresh when he called or AIR dont behave like a K....what happend....NOTHING.....because his black.....

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-09-08 08:04

    Now it's time for malema to resign!!

  • cj - 2011-09-08 08:05

    Under a bit of work pressure and with some dop in, his true racist personality came out. You can be angry with a person without resorting to racist remarks. What did the guys race have to do with it ?

      Hads - 2011-09-08 09:16

      Do you really know what the word means you dope

  • rainemassey - 2011-09-08 08:05

    we all say things we regret if the guy he was shouting it at hasn't any hard feelings about it then why should anyone else? his frustration was evident shame he couldn't express it any other way he will be sourly missed, what a shame to let one slip up ruin a career! :(

  • Claude - 2011-09-08 08:06

    Boycott 94.2, listen to Kaya FM..............

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-09-08 08:55

      Just change to uKhozi FM