- Somizi has taken a firm stand against racism following on from an incident that involved him earlier this week.
- In this incident, a Tweep allegedly addressed Somizi using the “k” word
- This Tweep has claimed her account was hacked
Somizi Mhlongo, the SA Idols Judge and a radio personality has stated there is no place for racists in South Africa, or anywhere else in the world, and has made it his personal mission to teach one alleged racist a lesson.
His statement comes in response to an incident which took place on Twitter earlier this week, where a Tweep allegedly used the “k” word when speaking about the star.
The account, allegedly owned by Lia Meyer, tweeted the racist post, and a few minutes later Meyer tweeted an apology. She claims her account was hacked and that it was not her who sent the tweet.
Somizi is not standing for it though, and has stated that, until he received proof of the alleged hacking, he is moving forward with charges against her.
In a statement he added that “we have to continue teaching people a lesson and making an example because definitely someone out there will know that this can’t be tolerated and shouldn’t have been tolerated in the first place."
Meyer has yet to make an official statement, but a close friend has spoken up stating that although she agrees wholeheartedly with Somizi’s stance on racism, she does believe he could have handled the situation in a better way.
In an interview with TimesLive, Hannah Gauché added that Somizi is a public figure and that a lot of people look up to, and support him. She believes he should have tried to reach out to Meyer first to address the issue, or that he should have gone straight to the police to file a report.
Tweeps have not been that understanding of the situation and have voiced their cynicism over the alleged hack of Meyer's account.
She concluded by stating that she believes Somizi has put Meyer’s life at risk by asking his fans to find her.
In another issue on racism in South Africa, Briefly.co.za reported on a woman who faces charges after posting alleged racial slurs on Facebook about Ashwin Willemse.
In the article, we reported that charges have been brought against a Queenstown woman by a community group called the Khoisan Defiance Campaign. Sammy Classen, a member of the group, said this:
"The perpetrator referred to coloured people as 'hotnots' and 'bobbejanne' [baboons]. We have obtained information on her whereabouts and we've asked police to treat it in the same way as they treated the Vicki Momberg case."
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