Jessica Leandra responds to DA letter

2012-05-09 09:24
Cape Town - Former FHM model Jessica Leandra dos Santos says she has "brought this nation to its knees".

The 20-year-old responded to an open letter from DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane in which he said her racist tweets, along with a response from Tshidi Thamana, have dealt a severe blow to the efforts to reconcile our nation.

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

Jessica's letter thanked Maimane for his open letter addressed to her and Tshidi. She wrote: "Having read your letter in great detail I am most willing to embrace your idea believing that you have it in your heart to help me bring healing to this matter."

The letter also attempts to explain why Jessica has not granted any interviews to the media.

"My inbox has been flooded with requests and invites for radio interviews, press reports and the like since my irresponsible Twitter ordeal. Admittedly, I have chosen to ignore these requests as I don't believe that telling my side of the story is really what the nation wants to hear.

"It further concerns me that these requests for interviews aim to score points for journalists and/or listenership ratings on his or her show."

'Not a political issue'

The former FHM Modelbook 2011 winner urges Maimane "that this should not become a party political issue", and if that does happen, she is "regrettably not interested" in working with the spokesperson.

Read Jessica Leandra's full letter here.

Last week Jessica Leandra posted the following message on her Twitter page:

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

Tshidi Thamana responded with the following message on her now deactivated Twitter account:

"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]."

Both subsequently apologised for their tweets.

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  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-09 09:32

    It disturbs me that the use of an offensive word, is worse than wishing death upon an entire group of people.

      Dennis - 2012-05-09 09:49

      All white people are being blamed for the sins of our forefathers !! Reverse apartheid !!

  • Felix - 2012-05-09 09:35

    I would just like to add that any models needing to discuss issues are also welcome at my house.

      Sean - 2012-05-09 10:29


  • Bryan - 2012-05-09 09:42

    We have bigger fish to fry in this country at the moment..!! Unfortunately, people use this situation as a means to judge others. Right or wrong, Miss Dos santos made a mistake for which I believe she will pay dearly for and has been dragged across the coals by all and sundry! My problem is that the other 'model', Miss Thamana, does not seem to be on the recieving end for her remark, which in my mind is equally as racist! Would anyone care to explain to me why the 1st comment desrves more derision and abuse than the 2nd? I have my opinion on the issue but would love to hear why one has been reported to the HRC and the other seems to be justified!!!

  • Cindy Nkomo - 2012-05-09 09:49

    May I come to Mr Maimane's house too? Even if the models don't show up.

  • Ayanda Yaya Khumalo - 2012-05-09 09:50

    if jessica know that her did a mistake she must come forward to apologies same as tshidi we want them to apologies to hole nation

  • marko.miladinovic.52 - 2012-05-09 09:52

    Just in case some people forgot! Another SA model is in hot water after she responded to the k-word tweet saga by saying she wished all white people were dead, a report has said. According to Die Burger, Tshidi Thamana (@tshiditee) tweeted on Friday: “Dear Mr Peter Mokaba... I wish All White People were killed when you sang ‘KIll The Boer’ we wouldn’t be experiencing @JessicaLeandra’s racism right now.

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