- Businessman and billionaire Johann Rupert ruffled many feathers with a joke he made during a public interview
- Rupert was accused of racism after it was believed he said black people buy BMWs instead of saving their money
- However, the billionaire says he was misquoted and isn't racist
Billionaire Johann Rupert recently uttered a few things that not everyone is happy with.
Rupert - who is often accused of leading the so-called white monopoly capital in South Africa - did a rare public interview.
The Citizen reports there are also rumours that Rupert is part of the alleged Stellenbosch mafia, something that he denies.
According to him, this is only a way to deflect attention from the Guptas.
During the interview, Rupert told of his life and achievements and called for South Africans to work towards common goals, all while making jokes.
One joke, however, did not go down so well.
Rupert said that earlier generations of Afrikaners were driven and saved their money, not like the South Africans of today.
They didn’t go and buy BMWs and hang around at Taboo and The Sands all the time, okay?
While the audience laughed, many South Africans were not impressed. Briefly.co.za gathered that Rupert had since then made it clear that he is not racist.
The Citizen reported that Rupert said he was misquoted on his comments about BMWs and Taboo.
I didn’t say black people, I said people. Don’t you think white people splurge?
What I mean is that people in my time did not do it. If people want to take it personally they have to think about what their parents gave up, and I’m saying it about everyone. In fact, people in the United States are doing it more. Sorry if it came across as racist, it’s not, it’s philosophy.
You can’t eat now and pay later.
Here's the interview:
Here's what a few South Africans had to say:
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