- Well-known South African actor, Rajesh Gopie, is in hot water after taking calling soccer fans baboons on social media following Saturday night’s chaos at Moses Mabhida Stadium
- Gopie wrote: “Yah, and the Baboons like soccer too much so they want to play with human heads.”
- He quickly deleted the post and said he had been enraged when he saw fans kicking a female security guard
A well-known South African actor, director and playwright, Rajesh Gopie, is in hot water following after calling soccer fans baboons on social media following Saturday night’s chaotic scenes at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Gopie wrote on his Facebook page: “Yah, and the Baboons like soccer too much so they want to play with human heads.” He quickly deleted the post and said he had been enraged when he saw images of a female security guard being kicked.
Gopie’s post was slammed by former eThekwini Municipality councillor Eunice David and the president of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha, Ashwin Trikamjee.
Briefly.co.za gathered that David urged Gopie to remove the post because it was racist and Trikamjee called the post unforgivable.
David said: “I think you should retract it and apologise for using that word. Eish man, we have so much going on. We don’t need this from a leading personality in the Indian community. That word is most definitely offensive. Penny Sparrow paid dearly for that, remember”
“He deserves to be charged like anybody else. It is blatantly racist. It is unforgivable to think that someone could still say something like this 24 years after 1994. He must face the full wrath of the law and be punished, like everyone else,” Trikamjee said.
After Gopie removed the post he shared pictures of the chaotic scenes unfolding at the stadium and with the caption: “Yah. I rest my case!”
He later told local newspapers, he was enraged by the attack on a female security guard, Gopie was referring to the attack by angry fans on a security guard, stadium management have since the incident confirmed that 18 people were injured during the riot, but they were all male.
Hundreds of angry Kaizer Chiefs fans invaded the field of play on Saturday, after it became apparent that their team would lose 2-0 to Free State Stars.
Fans set at least four fires, attacked security and media personnel and caused at least R5 million in damage to the stadium.
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