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Unathi Msengana: I'm sorry

2015-08-27 16:11
Unathi Msengana (Supplied)

Johannesburg - It's been three days since we last heard Unathi Msengana on our airwaves. On Wednesday, the SABC confirmed that it had suspended her over comments made to a Twitter follower.

"We have no control over DJ's and what they do in their private space. But our DJ's should know that they are representatives of the brand," said the SABC's Kaizer Kganyago.

The drama all started when Unathi brought up the Luister video, a short documentary detailing alleged racism at Stellenbosch university.

It was then that one Twitter follower lambasted Unathi, calling her derogatory names. The Idols SA host didn't stand for it, and sent a series of direct messages to the person, calling her a 'psycho bitch.'

Unathi has now sent out a carefully worded statement on the issue, apologising for her use of language when dealing with the Twitter follower.

Here is the full statement:

Two days ago, on radio, I expressed an opinion on the language policy at Stellenbosch University. Thereafter my opinion became the subject of a Twitter debate. Unfortunately some of the subsequent commentary criticised me in ways that I felt badly violated my personal life and my personal beliefs. To be cast as an advocate for rape, gender inequality and homophobia when I am passionate about ending these social ills, was extremely shocking. As a result, in what I have come to realise was a bad attempt to defend myself, I reacted by engaging directly with a Twitter follower. However, as upset as I was at that time, I should not have used offensive language. I therefore wish to publicly apologise for my choice in language. Going forward, whilst l refuse to be bullied on Twitter about my opinions, I will exercise better judgment when using this platform. I thank those who have supported me.

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