Racist tweet models meet for breakfast

2012-05-10 11:31
Cape Town - Jessica Leandra and Tshidi Thamana have apologised to the nation.

The two models met on Thursday morning for breakfast at the home of DA spokesperson Mmusi Maimane, who invited them to open a dialogue about their recent racially charged Twitter outbursts in an open letter.

Both women weathered a storm of criticism this week after Jessica posted a tweet on Thursday last week that read: "Just, well took on an arrogant and disrespectful kaffir inside Spar. Should have punched him, should have".

Tshidi then responded with: "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]."

City Press politics reporter Carien du Plessis, who was part of a media contingent present at the meeting, posted two photos on Twitter of the models and Maimane as they faced the press.

Jessica Leandra Tshidi Thamana

"All concerned look a tad uncomfy and bruised," du Plessis captioned this photo.

Reporting from the meeting, Du Plessis added: "Jessica says she and Tshidi will work to get country to where it was a week ago. They apologise to all and each other."

Maimane is quoted as saying: "I'm not convinced that the girls are racists. They were immature in way they responded. Rescuing careers not the aim [of their meeting]."

Tshidi told journalists, "I have never wished death on anyone, was done out of anger." She also promised never to make those kinds of statements again.

Explaining another tweet in which she referred to a petrol attendant as an "African monkey", Jessica said: "I refer to myself as a monkey and my family as monkeys. African monkey wasn't meant as a racial slur."


  • elwin.meyer - 2012-05-10 11:38

    Just remember “Even a fool can be judged wise if he just shuts up” if you have nothing nice to say rather say nothing at all!!! Thanks for keeping model jokes alive!!!

      Henri - 2012-05-10 12:14

      do yourself a favour and google images the 2 names, ha ha ha so funny

      Squeegee - 2012-05-10 12:25

      Brainless twits who tweeted twaddle.

      deabreu - 2012-05-10 12:52

      The D.A. is a uniting party. The ANC probably had a race card to play and were waiting for the right moment, but still, chances are that ANC politicans are the ones that ran to the SAHRC and put in the complaints against the "white girl".

      sabongam - 2012-05-10 15:00

      Ok, they have apologised...It would be very interesting to see the amount of people making these comments who will be looking for forgiveness in the next month or so when they offend someone. Whether its against a friend,family member or total stranger... But one thing for sure is that I still find it hard to believe that Tshidi Thamane is a model.Am seriously not trying to be funny or horrible.

      Preshen - 2012-05-11 08:19

      Did they have a happy meal ?

  • Chris - 2012-05-10 11:45

    I want to frame a photo of these 2 idiots so if I have kids one day I can show them what not to grow up to be like.

  • Piet - 2012-05-10 11:48

    And after a piece of toast they are no longer racists! Damn how can you be so short-sighted. Just admit that we a country full of racists (Black and white) and then lets please move on!

      Rob - 2012-05-10 12:09

      Im not racist, I just dont like Dof people white or black...or pink or yellow or .........

      Lorain - 2012-05-11 07:20

      @ Rob No Rob i think you have proven yourself beyond a reasonable doubt that you are a racist,funny thing is i thought you were proud of it why you denying it now?

  • zaakiro - 2012-05-10 11:48

    Despite the majority seeing this as an attempt by the DA to gain political points, personally i think it was a brilliant opportunity for not just these two ladies but for the majority of people to deal with these issues. However disappointing it was to read those tweets, let's hope both Jessica & Tshidi can change the opinions of just a few people. Also both white & black need to accept their apologies and together make some effort to accept one another. You have a reason to hate apartheid, but don't hate all whites for that, you have a reason to hate the current Govt. but dont hate all blacks for that. Every person deserves equal respect, regardless of skin colour. If we can just make the slightest effort to accept each other for who we are, it could go a long way in the majority avoiding such situations in the future.

      jack.e.vermeulen - 2012-05-10 12:06

      At last some every wise words.

      Ndira - 2012-05-10 12:18

      Personally i think the DA wanted to score some points and i dont think this breakfast will change anything...South Africa has never really dealt with its painful past, the sooner will deal with it the better otherwise we'll keep moving around circles,from refugee statements Miss Zille, to Malema shoot the boer song,to these two models we're just going in circles

      pieterduplessis - 2012-05-10 12:22

      I see it as DA politics, accepting people who are not like you takes more than a breakfast. This may be, if they do some real introspection maybe the start of a process for them, nothing more apart from some nice photo ops for the DA. I do hope that Jessica can have her career back on track. Simple revenge is not appropriate here. Aan my mede Afrikaners wat miskien die dislike knoppie sal druk: Waarom is dit nodig om deur woorde ander mense te wil seer maak - maak dit jou enigsins beter? Hierdie is ongelukkig nie 'n ja, maar antwoord nie.

      calliedj - 2012-05-10 13:32

      I've believed for some time that our government is the biggest stumbling block in achieving this. One very often hears racist remarks from them, which fuels racial hate. Radical minority groups are also at fault here, be they are not important, as their numbers are small. Most 'regular' people just want to be respected for who they are, not for which colour their skin is, and want to get along and get on with life.

  • Peter - 2012-05-10 11:49

    Maimane was a lucky guy... Just an act of kindness, all future racists rants from female models shall be dealt with at my house, for free.

  • wehan.victor - 2012-05-10 11:50

    I didn't even know who this chick was, now she's making a name for being a "recovering racist". Just watch, she'll be getting more work because of the publicity.Sick.

  • Buzz - 2012-05-10 11:51

    I take back my comment from Tuesday. Tshidi does not model Balaclavas. It would appear she models gloves.

      Buzz - 2012-05-10 11:53

      Speaking of which, the vacuumm (empty space devoid of light and air) between their two heads should be of some value to science should it not ?

  • sepelongm - 2012-05-10 11:56

    Thanks Mr. Mmusi for taking this great steps to build the furture of our beloved South Africa. Agree with you that these young girls are not racisit but confused pre adults.I accepted their apologies and hope the best for them on their new journey of taking South Africa to the Hieghts.

      Ndira - 2012-05-10 12:08

      aaargh please

  • Simon - 2012-05-10 11:57

    let’s hope this does not turn into a publicity stunt and that they don’t gain by it! That is what the media is turning this into.

  • Ndira - 2012-05-10 11:58

    not racist my *ss....all i know drunk and angry people always say what they mean,i dont know which country Mmusi Maimane lives in or whether he was trying to score points for the DA but a breakfast wont change anything racism is not curable

  • Veryll - 2012-05-10 11:58

    I am sorry their apologies are not accepted. They are in the Public eyes and should behave as Ladies. Ummmm!!! What am I saying. They are not ladies due to what they said. When you say something you mean it, no matter what. People like this should not be allowed to post comments like that. They are just fuelling the already racist nation.

  • Bokkie - 2012-05-10 12:04

    The whole thing is a set up by the DA,think about it guys....like seriously!!!

      lydonmcg - 2012-05-10 12:08

      Don't use the word "think." You clearly aren't doing it.

  • sjhuman1 - 2012-05-10 12:09

    ha ha you can tell by their body language that they just wanna see each other burn..

  • Mfundi - 2012-05-10 12:09

    Look at the authenticity in their faces, what a joke! This story has to end now. How boring is this? Dumb people getting coverage for being stupid.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-10 12:12

    I'm sure sitting through a whole breakfast with a politician is punishment enough. I'm sure they won't do it again.

  • Chris - 2012-05-10 12:13

    well done DA...no harm was done. CRAP!!!there is a few words that hurts like hell if you cannot keep it to yourself....the damage is done and i can promise everyone that was the spark to a moerse big awfull situation.

  • Erno - 2012-05-10 12:13

    And suddenly they are going to work together to get the country back to where it was a week ago? Really? Am I the only one questioning this La-la-land logic? Once a biggot/racist always one! They've done NOTHING to get to the root of their issues and actually dealing with it. It was a photo op. Nothing more. What friggin BS!

  • Stephen - 2012-05-10 12:13

    I don't believe Tshidi. She doesn't sound or look sincere.

      Erno - 2012-05-10 12:21

      I don't believe either of these two vacuous bimbos!

  • Phuti - 2012-05-10 12:14

    Ag,ths is just DA trying to score some points.i'm stil not voting for them,they r a white party & I'm black.

  • Piet - 2012-05-10 12:16

    The black chick is a model?

      Mfundi - 2012-05-10 12:30

      They are both not impressive. Also note, do not say "The black chick is a model?" rather ... Is the chick with a grey top a model? See what I did there? huh? I taught you something didn't I?

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-10 12:37

      mfundi but what about the blue top?

  • Rebecca - 2012-05-10 12:18

    sounds like a publicity stunt to boost both their careers. They shouldn't even been given the time of day let alone so much press coverage.

  • kim.bezuidenhout - 2012-05-10 12:20

    BUT THE QUESTION REMAINS: Considering Jessica was reprimanded, what are the repurcussions for Tshidi - HAS THIS BEEN FORGOTTEN ?

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-10 12:21

      Only whites can be racists, remember.

      Thabang - 2012-05-10 12:29

      They were both reprimanded.

      Silindile - 2012-05-10 12:57

      Tshidi has been reported to the SAHRC by many members of the public and was dropped by her casting agency. Not sure what else you want. \r\nAs for Koos, you need to release your victim mentality dude. SA is against racism not matter who the culprit is. Join us.

  • Siphiwe - 2012-05-10 12:20

    Mmusi Maimane who? Oh the DA member who failed to be the JHB Mayor...whats he doing anyway? cheep political score boss...

      Nigel - 2012-05-10 12:24

      Like the ANC doesn't try score cheap political points, please, don't be a hypocrite, unless you don't support the ANC, thats a possibility.

      Cpo - 2012-05-10 12:26

      In your opinion what shud've been done with these two racists? Someone had to take an initiative>> and I am worried about the majority of comments posted as none is saying anything about a solution>>

  • Chris - 2012-05-10 12:22

    Both are idiots... One using racial slurs and the other incitement to genocide... To me Tshidi's statement has not been given enough attention. Jessica called one person a 'non-believer' to the true context of the word. But stating on a public forum that all white's should have been killed is comparable to Hitler's views on the Jewish community. 'White' people can also take offense to racial comments, we just don't. Somebody can call me an idiot and a 'witpeel' and I view them in the same way, that is a sign of anger or frustration. It's time to move on, we can't build this country with racial bounds. This applies to both sides of this 'colour boundary'. Suck it up, you can't change the past, but we can build towards a better future... You either live IN the past or live FOR the future, your decision on that is what shapes this country's future.

      Silindile - 2012-05-10 12:52

      Absolutely ridiculous going on about the \true context of the word\ when you are well aware what context she meant it in. Are we really to believe that this brainless model even knows the word's true origins? Please stop insulting black people's pain by making excuses for her. \r\nIt would just as ridiculous if I now tried to talk about the true origins of the word \white\... She really meant the colour. As it was after labour and people aren't supposed to wear white, she meant we should rid the world of the colour white. She wasn't referring to caucasians... Pretty stupid right? Well that's how u sound.

      Chris - 2012-05-10 15:20

      I did not condone her choice of words, I simply interpreted on a wider level of aggregation. Stating that Tshidi's comments have a far greater racial reach than Jessica's. Again, I do not condone Jessica's comments. I want to highlight that Tshidi's choice of words is pure incitement to genocide, not directed at Jessica, but at the white race. To me, this is worse but received far less attention. It is not indicative of the general public's views as I expect education has brought us closer rather than to make bold the rift in this country. Just as Jessica's tweet should not be interpreted as every white person's views. You're missing the tone of my comment... I want a country in which 1 word would be considered offensive to any person, no matter the colour. This nonsense of racially attached derogatory is nonsensical and can be sifted out with relative ease. We need to accept our past and correct our future, stagnation never generates success.

  • Nigel - 2012-05-10 12:23

    Now just to get Malema to meet with the farmers so they can patch up their differences.

  • Shaun - 2012-05-10 12:24

    Ok now, lets all have some orange juice, toast and eggs and that's the end of stupidity and racism. Smh!

  • sylvia.shaw.7 - 2012-05-10 12:26


  • Ben - 2012-05-10 12:27

    Damnit man. Just stop posting stuff about these 2 morons already!!!!

  • Thabang - 2012-05-10 12:27

    The score is currently 2(Jessica Leandra and Ken Sinclair) -1(Tshidi Thamana). The game just started. Who will be next to score.

      George Krillen - 2012-05-10 13:08

      so itumeleng settled the score for u to 2-2, u happy now?

      Thabang - 2012-05-10 14:28

      Juju volunteered to have Ken and Itumeleng meeting at His house so that they can sort out their differences. Boxing gloves will be on standby for the 2 in case they are needed.

  • George - 2012-05-10 12:28

    Preassured to apologise does not count as an apology. She said K word and the one said whites must be killed. This is what they beilieve and they will have to live with it for the rest of their lifes. Being a racist is another thing but being a racist and stupid is something else. The two piglets are just making me sick.

  • Ben - 2012-05-10 12:29

    I think Lincoln said it best.... "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

      RosyndDacey - 2012-05-10 16:24

      That is the wisest comment I have read all week about this issue. Thank you for for reminding me on how it should be to behave appropriately, no matter who you are and what your status in this world.

  • JouMa - 2012-05-10 12:32

    Greatness Personified.Bcom(Accounting) student at UNISA.Aspiring Jim Norton autograph recipient. BBM PIN:2165BE9A-ITUMELENG BABEBA----

  • shandukane.moshatana - 2012-05-10 12:38

    they should marry each other

  • Phumi - 2012-05-10 12:39

    Again blacks are made to apologise!

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-05-10 12:44

      Ag phumi get over yourself you sound more of a racist then both those two models combined. hypocrite!

      George Krillen - 2012-05-10 13:10

      i guess they dnt have to coz we shud pack our bags and leave south africa?

  • Franco - 2012-05-10 12:40

    lol , this is ridiculous!

  • Fran - 2012-05-10 12:40

    Ag is just another show for the media, there is nothing you can do about it if you are born that way, ask lady Gaga, Lol.

  • Greg.J.M - 2012-05-10 12:42

    That does not look like a I forgive you handshake, more like "lets keep the media what they want to see.

  • naydiabj - 2012-05-10 13:15

    By the looks of things Im not convinced that Tshidi actually wanted to meet. A picture says a thousand words

      Thabang - 2012-05-10 13:55

      I agree. I think is the same with Leandra. She probably cleaned her hand after shaking Tshidi's hand like many whites do.

      Nyiks11 - 2012-05-10 14:21

      Looks can deceive Naydiabj . . . . and Leandra would have never touched Tshidi not even with a 10 foot pole and would have refused the invite if it came from an ANC official

  • Phumza - 2012-05-10 13:15

    Mmusi trying to score cheap political points.

  • Tmaub - 2012-05-10 13:22

    The whole thing was just an act. They models for hell's sake. They did it to protect their careers as well as contracts they have with different sponsors. As for DA(mother of all pretending citizens), felt they had to cum in and do damage control in order to get away from the firing line. I mean we live in SA, we witness racism everyday, gestures at public places etc. The K word is being installed in these people's systems @ a very tender age, they grow with it. They even do it everyday behind close doors windows and curtains. Is there a charge for a racist act, and what is the maximum sentence?

  • Jim - 2012-05-10 13:46

    Thank goodness the DA stepped in and not the ANC...can you imagine the mileage they (the ANC) would have got out of this one..??..Oi..

  • Reva - 2012-05-10 14:04

    Time to leave these 2 airheads whose mouths aren't in sync with their brains to their own devices. The longer this whole stupid saga is drawn out, the worse it becomes.

  • Appealtoreason - 2012-05-10 14:37

    DA publicity stunt. And models need all the help they can get. They're not that hot.

  • mxesibe.simcelilesokhanyile - 2012-05-10 18:14

    nxiiiii damn !they r playing our minds, wat was the case @da first place? @Elwin i agree with u, poeple tend 2 throwout watever they want jstbcz their mouths r painless

  • Ruan - 2012-05-10 23:23

    ....where is "the pap and vleis"...??

  • Ruan - 2012-05-10 23:27

    ...peter mookaba looks like he's going to slap one of the girls- hey, better get outta that khaya !!

  • Baas - 2012-05-11 06:48

    what a zoo !!

  • esmarie.prinsloo - 2012-05-11 09:51

    I know these two girls now say they didn't mean what they said and that their statements were anger-ignited... I accept that, but the words and feelings must have come from somewhere deep inside...

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